“This is poetry that transforms. When people in the future seek to know what it’s like to live between places, traditions, habits and cultures, they will read this. Here is the language for what expatriation feels like.” - Forward Prize
Vahni Capildeo writes that throughout their childhood, 'my mother recited poetry by heart (in French, various Caribbean dialects, and English), for the love of it, as did my father (in Hindi and English).' Their Forward Prize-winning poetry collection Measures of Expatriation has been described as 'multi-tongued and muli-cultural', sweeping 'through long prose poems and short imagistic bursts, through surrealism and gritty realism, acutely seeking the right form for each indidual thought'. - Forward Arts Foundation
They will be in Dublin to read from their new collection Skin Can Hold, a book about art and performance, ranging across forms, from soliloquy to prose.
Emerging poets are invited to apply to take part in a two-hour workshop with Capildeo which will take place the afternoon of 24 May. Please note this workshop is by application only.
Interested poets are invited to submit a one-page cover letter about why this workshop would benefit your poetry along with three poems. Please email this in an attached Word document to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 15 May.