The workshop will offer the opportunity for emergent/aspiring/mid-career writers and artists from the East Midlands to explore the conditions of migration and detention through creative practice.
The workshop will be led by Hoda Afshar, a multi-award winning artist living in Melbourne Australia. She has used photography and film to document the lives of refugees detained on Manus Island. Her works have been profiled at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Arts Primavera 2018 show, and she is shortly to feature in ‘Beyond Place: Australian Contemporary Photography’ at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Hoda’s photography workshop will introduce participants to the ideas behind her work and her approach as a visual artist.
Workshop 2 will be led by Daniele Pantano, a Swiss poet, artist, literary translator, critic, and editor. His poems, essays, translations, and criticism have appeared widely, and his poems have been translated into several languages, including Albanian, Bulgarian, German, Farsi, French, Kurdish, and Slovenian. His most recent works include Robert Walser: Comedies (Seagull Books, 2018), ORAKL (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), Robert Walser’s Fairy Tales: Dramolettes (New Directions, 2015), and Dogs in Untended Fields: Selected Poems by Daniele Pantano (Wolfbach Verlag, 2015). Pantano taught at the University of South Florida, served as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Florida Southern College, and directed the creative writing program at Edge Hill University, where he was Reader in Poetry and Literary Translation. He currently teaches at the University of Lincoln. For more information, please visit www.pantano.ch. Daniele’s workshop will focus on poetry and creative writing, and will connect participants to the ideas of the memoir and exhibition.