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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

We are delighted to announce the fourth in a series of creative writing workshops linked to the Africa Writes — Exeter Book Club and which explore language, history and craft.

Creative Non-Fiction Workshop: Writing Memory & Environment

Led by Rewrite’s Christina Fonthes

Date: Saturday 22 May

Time: 12pm — 2pm (Nairobi), 10am —12pm (Exeter)

Where: Please RSVP for Zoom Link

Craft Workshop

Based on an excerpt from Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s The Grassling, REWRITE’s Christina Fonthes will lead this 2-hour creative-non fiction workshop exploring memory, language and environment. This inspiring workshop will support you in mining your personal histories and archives for story while helping you channel your inner creativity. Perfect for writers interested in experimenting with forms of memoir and life-writing, you’ll develop innovative approaches to structure, style and crafting untold stories.

Book Synopsis 

Spurred on by her father’s declining health and inspired by the history he once wrote of his small Devon village, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett delves through layers of memory, language and natural history to tell a powerful story of how the land shapes us and speaks to us. The Grassling is a book about roots: what it means to belong when the soil beneath our feet is constantly shifting, when the people and places that nurtured us are slipping away. 

About Christina Fonthes

Christina Fonthes is a Congolese-British writer. Her mantra ‘telling stories through any means possible’ allows her to bring untold stories to life through her poetry and performances. Her work, laden with themes of womanhood, religion, and sexuality has taken her all over the UK to perform. Her writing has been widely published in journals and anthologies worldwide. Passionate about the voices of Black Women and Women of colour, Christina is the founder of REWRITE a creative writing organization for Black Women and Women of Colour writers around the globe.

Buy: The Grassling HERE

Buy: Of Sea HERE

Buy: Swims HERE

This event is part of the African Literary Production: Networks & Exchanges series which is being launched through Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature Programme.Presented in partnership with Saseni!, Authors.CafeJalada AfricaFestival of IdeasLibraries Unlimited and the University of Exeter.

Yolande Mukagasana

Yolande Mukagasana Huza Press (Kigali) and Authors.Café (Devon) are thrilled to announce the first event in a new collaborative literary programme featuring book launches and

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