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Making African Theatre out of Poetry

Mon. 19 October 2020

Sat. 31 October 2020

Warda Yassin is a an award-winning British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize, her winning pamphlet Tea with Cardamom (Poetry Business) was published in June 2019.

Her work has been published in The North, Oxford Poetry and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith l Doorstep), Halfway Smile (Hive). Some of her favourite poets include Hadrawi, Nizar Qabbani, Warsan Shire, Ocean Vuong, J Cole, Sharon Olds, Kim Moore, Danez Smith, Liz Berry, Nayyirah Waheed, Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, Vicky Morris, my Hive peers Danae Wellington and Safia Khan, and so many more. She loves novelists and adores the works of Alice Walker, Jane Austen, Khaled Hosseini, Jean Sasson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Here she talks about making African theatre out of poetry. Plus Q&A.

Workshops and masterclasses in Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub are for people of African origin aged 16 and above.

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