Intermediate Craft Seminar with Murid Laly: Decolonial [eco]-poetics and poetic cartography. 17th April 2021, 10am-11:30am. Online.

Intermediate Craft Seminar: Decolonial [eco]-poetics and poetic cartography with Murid Laly – 17th April 2021

This craft seminar seeks to help develop our ability to reflect and develop decolonial cosmologies in our work. Sign up here!

Please be mindful when booking. This is a masterclass for Black writers and writers of colour based in Scotland (or for people who, pre-COVID, would have normally been resident in Scotland).


Intermediate Craft Seminar: Decolonial [Eco]-Poetics and Poetic Cartography with Murid Laly


Join Murid Laly for this 1.5-hour, online seminar!


Rooted in the theoretical works of Sylvia Wynter, this intermediate craft seminar seeks to help develop our ability to reflect and develop decolonial cosmologies in our work. The workshop draws from film, visual art, poetry, and critical writing in order to help collapse colonial binaries of nature/culture, one/Other, human/animal, and so on.

Beginning with a broad theoretical exposition, the seminar works through modes of ekphrastic writing in response to the art of Christophe Chassol and Luchita Hurtado, towards a decolonial poetics that seeks not to take our humanity as a given. Through a layered writing exercise, we hope to empathise with the world around us and deconstruct our relationship of domination over it, finding where we might be able to re-consider our perceptions and understandings of dominant, colonial cosmologies. It is hoped that the workshop will help us read and map the world around us against the cartographies of our colonial world.

Essential items include: access to the internet, a working camera and mic, and pen and paper

The Details

    • There is a max of 20 spaces.
    • This seminar will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the event date).
    • The seminar includes a 10-15min comfort break.
    • There are two types of tickets: Free tickets for writers on low-income and Pay What You Can (Suggested £5+).  
    • Our free events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
    • If you have any accessibility needs or requirements, please do let us know by writing in at at the earliest and we shall do our best to meet your requirements.
    • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech

To participate in the online event, you will need:

  • a good internet/wi-fi connection
  • a laptop, computer, tablet or mobile phone to join by audio and video
  • pen and paper
  • Please email your access requirements:

About Murid

Murid is a poet based in Edinburgh. Their pamphlet ‘In Memory’s Dance’ was published in 2020 by Peanut Press, where they are now a co-editor, typesetter, printer, and book-binder. Murid has performed at venues and festivals across Edinburgh, including Scotland in Colour (2019) and the Just Festival (2018). Guided by a desire to help establish community as a centre of our cosmos, their recent work seeks to help re-envision our relations with the world, drawing greatly from de-colonial theory and literature.


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