Seasons greetings! Welcome to our December newsletter! This
month we bring you details of: our annual Christmas party,
Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize 2018, Writer of
the Month interview with fukudapero, workshop dates over the
festive period and, upcoming Young Identity
13th December 2017 6-9pm STUN
Z-Arts Centre, 335 Stretford Road
Manchester, M15 5ZA
Yes, it's that time of year again! This year, we're
teaming up with STUN for our annual Christmas shindig - drinks,
nibbles, good company and positive vibes will be a plenty.
We'd love to see as many of you as possible to mark the end of
another fantastic year. Spread the word and bring your lovely
RSVP on our Facebook event or
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closure and Workshop Dates
Commonword offices will close on Thursday 21st
December and reopen on Wednesday 10th January 2018. If you have any
queries during this time, please email email@example.com
All workshops will take a break from Thursday 7th December and will
start up again from Wednesday 17th January 2018.
For details of Young Identity workshops during this period, please
Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize 2018
entertain us. Write us a book.”
Are you an unpublished writer of Middle Grade or
Young Adult fiction?
Commonword in association with Penguin Random House, HopeRoad
Publishing and Marjacq Scripts literary agency are looking for
novels from unpublished Middle Grade and Young Adult authors
resident in the United Kingdom whose writing embraces ethnic
diversity through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their
The winner will receive a £1000 cash prize, an Arvon writing week
of their choice (subject to availability), and professional
feedback on their text from Marjacq Scripts. There is a second prize
of £500 for the runner-up. Closing Date
29th June 2018
Fee: There is a £10 entry fee.
Full information can be found at the dedicated prize website: www.ihaveadream.org.uk
All enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0161 832 3777
Our December Writer of the Month: fukudapero
Charlotte Maxwell interviewed fukudapero about his experimental
approach to writing and the ideas and things that influence him.
Tell us about
yourself as a writer and artist.
I’m a poet and
artist, using different languages from Japanese to English,
photography, drawing, installation and film. For poetry in the
narrow sense, I do something I call dualingual poetry integrating
Japanese and English text on a white space. I also have some
awarded short stories and a self published poetry novel in Japanese
called “fish noci”.
Which was described rightfully by HOSAKA
Kazushi (personally I’d say the best novelist
“When you read
this book, words come into you like water sinks into sand. There
are words like ‘ocean’ or ‘mountain’ in this book, just simple
words without any description, yet I find myself feeling ‘ah,
there’s an ocean there’, ‘ah, there’s a mountain here’. I don’t
think I’ve ever experienced something like this before.”
You could say
my works are minimum, ontological, and that goes for other mediums
too, like the sculptures I
did for the FLOWer exhibition (a book designed by Dan Tomimatsu)
or the installation of
a future myth I did on the window glass of Takato Museum or the
awarded short film “O” I did with friends, using a water drop lens.
What are the
ideas that interest you in your art and writing?
is to accept beings as being themselves. Without leaning on meaning
or story. To accept a rock as a rock, a plant as a plant, a word as
a word, without anthropomorphising or exploiting them. If you look
at it the other way around, we don’t own/know anything, not our
body, not ourselves. Everything including yourself is other to
you. To create a work is to get along with these objects including
yourself, a holistic attempt to understand the world.
This is also to
do with the idea of freedom. Because I take language seriously, I
believe words should be emancipated too. Free from meanings,
purposes, grammar etc etc. Which is a sort of freedom that cannot
exist in our world. And this sort of possibility has been pursued
in the 20th century by various artists. Yet, I
believe there is more to do.
In a different
layer, I am interested in universality and change. What I mean by
that is how we may change and not change in this age of
bio-digitalism. I’d consider things like animism, myth or dance as
universal and bio technology, robotics, artificial intelligence as
change. The crossroad where these two currents meet is where we
stand and what we should express as artists living in the beginning
of the 21st century.
were featured on Power Lines hosted by Inua Ellams. The young poets
had the opportunity to chat to him about what it means to be a
Mancunian poet and to share some of their poetry. Poetry was shared
by Isaiah Hull, Elmi Ali, Damani and Roma Havers. The programme is
available online for 19 days here.
News from Commonword Writers
World War I's Hidden
at Central Library
India, Africa, the West Indies, colonialism and recruitment,
impacts of war and our ongoing culture of war are explored in two
parallel exhibitions from Southern Voices and Kooj Chuhan. The
launch will include key notes speeches from Ahmed El-Hassan
(Southern Voices) and Colette Williams (Mbari)
and performances from the likes of Jaydev Mistry and
Register your interest here.
Party By Darren Pritchard and Cheryl
Martin at Sheffield Theatres
December 13th - 23rd
We're inviting you to a party in our flat, we're going to entertain
you with all our friends - dancers, singers and musicians - we're
going to vogue, we're going to party and we're going to create a
kaleidoscopic picture of what it means to be young, gifted, black…
and poor, and gay.
Being broke never looked so fierce!
Book tickets here.
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One Thursday evening per month, 7-9pm at Commonword offices Under 26s
Open to all levels of ability; just turn up. From experienced to
beginners. Please ring buzzer 6. www.cultureword.org.uk or
for more details
Open to all
young people under 25 for spoken word poetry workshops.
Young Identity HOME 7-9pm Fortnightly, check HOME
website for details.
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Longsight library 6-7:45pm
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