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Yorkshire and Humberside
01 October 2021  -  31 October 2021

Poetry @ Platforma 6 in Yorkshire

Kayo Chingonyi (c) Smart Banda

Poetry workshops and performance as part of a special project for Platforma 6 led by Kayo Chingonyi.

Commissioned by Counterpoints Arts for the sixth biennial Platforma Festivial, poets will work with participants across Yorkshire to create new work for local performances.

The project is being led by  poet Kayo Chingonyi (insta @kayochingonyi), whose first collection Kumukanda won the Costa Prize and whose new collection, A Blood Condition, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.

The workshops and performances will take place in the following locations:

– Barnsley, with Barnsley Feels Like Home – led by Andrew McMillan (Insta: @andrewpoetry, Twitter: @AMcMillanPoet)

– Halifax, with St Augustine’s Centre and Halifax Festival of Words (performance: 22 October) – led  by Khadijah Ibrahiim (Insta: @khadijah.ibrahiim)

– Rotherham, with British Red Cross and Grimm & Co – led by Helen Mort  (Insta: @morty_but_nice
Twitter: @HelenMort)

A one-off workshop will take place in Bradford led by Anan Tello, in partnership with Artworks Creative Communities.

Kayo Chingonyi picture (c) Smart Banda

This commission is part of the Across Borders programme from Counterpoints Arts, supported by Comic Relief.