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Creative Writing Workshop with Angela Costi and Eve Makis: Writing as Embroidery

Creative writing workshop
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In this writing workshop, Angela Costi will thread the story of her Cypriot grandmother's lace and embroidery making, called Lefkarathika, which imbues her poetry making.

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In this writing workshop, Angela Costi will thread the story of her Cypriot grandmother's lace and embroidery making, called Lefkarathika, which imbues her poetry making. Through visual poems, photos and a display of the actual embroidery itself, you are invited to make word sequences, patterns and designs, stitch by stitch across the page. The kinaesthetic skills of creating 'fairy windows' with thread and linen are reimagined through a writing exercise – what do you see? Write it down before it disappears. In this way, we are honouring this traditional craft making that will not be with us for much longer.

Participants wishing to purchase or access a copy of Angela's poetry book and creative documentation, as reference for the workshop, can do so on the following link, An Embroidery of Old Maps and New (Spinifex, 2021).

All levels welcome.

All participants will get the chance of having their work edited and included on a spoken word album bringing their written work to life.

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Biographical notes

Angela Costi lives on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. The author of five poetry collections, eight produced plays/performance text and four video poems. Her most recent book is An Embroidery of Old Maps and New . In 2021, City of Melbourne creative development funding is supporting her to work on a new poetry manuscript with the working title: The Heart of the Advocate. In 1995, she received an award from the Australia National Languages and Literacy Board to study Ancient Drama in Greece. In 2009, she travelled to Japan with support from the Australia Council for the Arts to work on an international collaboration with the Stringraphy Ensemble.

Eve Makis is the author of four novels, a life-writing guide and an award-winning screenplay. She’s recipient of the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award and the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal, her works shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. She teaches fiction on the MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University where she is writer in residence for the Postcolonial Studies Centre.

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