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Formations: Cultural Recipe Poems Creative Writing Workshop with André Naffis-Sahely and Eve Makis

Andre Naffis Sahely
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Combine your love of food and poetry in this free, online creative writing workshop from Bonington Gallery, led by critically acclaimed poet André Naffis-Sahely and writer Eve Makis. This event is part of Formations, an ongoing public events programme in response to Black History Month and the Decolonisation Agenda.

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Combine your love of food and poetry in this free, online creative writing workshop from Bonington Gallery, led by critically acclaimed poet André Naffis-Sahely and writer Eve Makis.

You are invited to participate in an hour-long writing workshop on cultural recipe poems. Attendees will be encouraged to write about a dish that is culturally significant to them under André’s expert guidance.

Raised in Abu Dhabi, by an Iranian father and Italian mother, André Naffis-Sahely’s work is informed by his travels and his cultural inheritance. His work has been described as clear-eyed, emotionally charged and infused with an acute sense of justice.

Places on the workshop are limited so please book early. No experience required, all writing abilities welcome.

This free online workshop follows an in conversation event at 6 pm, featuring André with Rory Waterman and Eve Makis.

Formations

This event is part of Formations, an ongoing public events programme from Bonington Gallery and NTU's Postcolonial Studies Centre in response to Black History Month and the Decolonisation Agenda. Find out more about upcoming Formations events.

Bonington Gallery is part of Curated & Created — NTU's extra-curricular arts programme.

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Biographical notes

André Naffis-Sahely is a poet, editor and translator whose many publications include two collections, The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin Books, 2017) and High Desert (Bloodaxe Books, 2022), and a pamphlet, The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He edited The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (2020) and is editor of Poetry London. He has translated over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, including works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Alessandro Spina, Abdellatif Laâbi, Frankétienne, Ribka Sibhatu and Tahar Ben Jelloun. Several of these titles were selected as 'books of the year' by NPR, The Guardian and Financial Times.

He grew up in Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College, and University of California, Los Angeles, where he was the Author in Residence. He is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School in the UK, and a Lecturer at University of California, Davis in the US. He is married to writer Zinzi Clemmons.

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 Creative Writing course at Nottingham Trent University.

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