“When you are a black person here, you are never an individual; you are always a collective. Whiteness enjoys that idea of being an individual. And so, whatever people have decided what the collective of blackness is, that is what you are until proven otherwise.”Metic SignatureMetic Masterclass
“Many people live their daily lives in liminality. It is during the transition state that a person remains uncertain because they have been separated from their world, but aren't yet connected to a new one. This is an ambiguous position in cultural space betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremonial”LiminalityMetic Masterclass
“Identity = telling this story of who we are and why. So when you tell a story and your identity is strong, you can welcome the stranger, but when you stop telling the story, your identity gets weak and you feel threatened by the stranger. Collectively we've got to get back to telling our story…if that happens, we will become strong enough to welcome the stranger and say, "Come and share our lives, share our stories, share our aspirations and dreams.””Us of IdentityMetic Masterclass
“Distinguishing the difference between our metic traits and our metic signature”
Metic Masterclass brief
Join writer-in-exile Nick Makoha for this workshop, as part of his Black Metics project, where you will look into the experience of black poets in the UK and US to investigate how these writers are differentiated from natives, and ask whether poetic writing can itself be a Metic practice. The day will include a talk, Q&A session, workshop and interviews, with the aim of discovering your own unique Metic experience.
There are QUESTIONS. In these modern times of endless travel where is home? And where do people feel they belong – to the land of their birth or to the place they live? What exactly shapes our identity? And how can writing connect all those places? This will be an engaging and provoking poetry masterclass exploring issues of identity and race, migration, exile and ‘foreignness’.
This course is for anyone interested in exploring issues of identity, race, and migration. The workshop will also include writing prompts to help kickstart your creativity.