The Complete Works is a national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets, run by the UK based literature development agency Spread the Word. It is designed to answer the challenges highlighted in the Free Verse report which outlined issues of lack of diversity in poetry publishing. The steering group includes Bernardine Evaristo, Patience Agbabi,  Ruth Borthwick, Matthew Hollis of Faber and Faber, Daljit Nagra, Fiona Sampson, Gemma Seltzer of Arts Council England. Ten poets were selected from a wide range of national submissions and they will receive 2 years of mentoring as well as attending seminars and a yearly Arvon residential retreat. 

The poets and mentors are:

Mir Mahfuz Ali — Pascale Petit

Rowyda Amin — Catherine Smith

Malika Booker — W.N Herbert

Janet Kofi-Tsekpo — Michael Schmidt

Nick Makoha — George Szirtes

Karen McCarthy  — Michael Symmons Roberts

Shazea Quraishi — Stephen Knight

Roger Robinson — Paul Farley

Denise Saul — John Stammers

Seni Seneviratne — Mimi Khalvati

 

For further information please contact the project co-ordinator, Nathalie Teitler at Nathalie AT spreadtheword DOT org DOT uk.

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