Metic Poets

Metic Poets

Join Nick Makoha to ask whether poetic writing is always some form of 'Metic' practice.

‘Metic’ = a foreigner or a resident alien, whose allegiances are split between their homeland and new country.

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. Please bring a manuscript or selection of poems you are working on, a notebook and a photo of yourself.

Saturday 19 May. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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Nick Makoha’s debut collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian  as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. He is an alumni of Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & The Complete Works.  His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. Find him at

‘The Poetry School has been one of the most motivating transformative forces in my life in recent times. As a beginner with no real contact with other poets I was amazed to find this vibrant well organized creative forum and just as amazed that I could be part of it. It has given me both confidence and resolve to write and publish.’

Autumn 2016 survey response

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