Word Online makes its seventh stop via Wiltshire Libraries.
We are delighted to be hosting writer Gaele Sobott and poets Cheryl Martin and Nick Makoha reading and in conversation. This event is a collaboration with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions. The writers will read work featured in Speaking Volumes and Flipped Eye’s forthcoming anthology Not Quite Right For Us – due for publication in May.
This event will be live-streamed, ‘save your seat’ on Crowdcast, here.
About the writers:
Gaele Sobott is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her published works include, Colour Me Blue and My Longest Round. Her most recent short stories appear in literary magazines such as, New Contrast, Meanjin, Prometheus Dreaming, Hecate, Verity La and the anthology, Botswana Women Write. She is founder of Outlandish Arts; a disabled-led arts company.
Cheryl Martin, co-Artistic Director of Manchester’s Black Gold Arts Festival, has worked as a poet, playwright and director. She was a former Associate Director at Contact Theatre and Director-in-Residence at Edinburgh’s Traverse. A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer (for the musical Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre) and director (of Iron by Rona Munro, Contact), Cheryl also co-produced and directed an Edinburgh Fringe First winner for the Traverse, entitled The World Is Too Much. Cheryl’s first solo stage show Alaska featured at 2016’s A Nation’s Theatre, and 2019’s Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe and Wellcome Festival of Minds and Bodies in London. Her new solo show One Woman won an Unlimited Wellcome Collection Partnership Award; it will premiere in 2021 at Manchester’s HOME, going on to a national tour including the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre.Cheryl was part of the 2019-2020 British Council Australia INTERSECT programme.
Nick Makoha is a poet, playwright. His debut poetry collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by the Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. Nick is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel Prize for African Poetry and the 2016 Derricotte & Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. He was the 2019 Writer-in-Residence for The Wordsworth Trust and Wasafiri magazine. His play The Dark was directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander. His poems have appeared, among others, in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review and Callaloo.