Text: SBWN x Africa Writes x StAnza. 10 March 2024 | 2:00pm | Online | In-person: Byre Theatre, St. Andrews. Images: Photos of Clementine Burnley, Hannah Lavery, Jj Fadaka, and Titilayo Farukuoye. There are SBWN and Africa Writes logos on the right and left sides of the graphic, respectively.

SBWN x Africa Writes x StAnza – 10 March 2024

Join us on 10th March at this year’s StAnza Poetry Festival!

We have a few data (£7), caregiver/childcare (£30) and travel (£20) bursaries for participants on low incomes – please email us at scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com if you will need a bursary to attend, and we’ll do our best to help.

All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy. You can learn more about our policy here.

Intangible Heritage: a panel discussion

Join Clementine Burnley, Hannah Lavery, and Jj Fadaka for a thought-provoking discussion on the things that make us who we are, what parts of our culture are known and felt without being said, and how they manifest in our poetry. Chaired by Titilayo Farukuoye.

In person and online.

Tickets are available through the Byre Theatre Website. 

Read on below to learn more about our panellists and chair.

Book your online ticket £5

Book your in-person ticket £4-£20 PWYC 


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Born in Cameroon, Clementine E Burnley now lives and works between the UK and Germany. She is a part-time, practice-based student at the Research Society for Process Oriented Psychotherapy, with a focus on conflict mediation, and group facilitation. Her poems have appeared in IS&T, Magma, and The Poetry Review. In 2021 Clementine’s poem was selected by Hugh Macmillan as one of the Best Scottish Poems. She was the RSL Sky Award Winner for creative nonfiction in 2021. Her first pamphlet, Radical Pairings, was published by Ignitionpress in 2023. Radical Pairings was shortlisted for the 2023 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award.

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Hannah Lavery is a poet and playwright from Edinburgh, named by Owen Sheers as one of the Ten Writers Asking Questions That Will Shape Our Future. Her debut poetry collection Blood Salt Spring (Polygon) was nominated for a Saltire Prize in 2022, her second collection Unwritten Woman will be published by Polygon in August. Hannah is the current Makar (poet laureate) for the City of Edinburgh, co-host of feminist arts podcast QuineCast and an Associate Artist at National Theatre Scotland (NTS). Her plays for NTS The Drift and Lament for Sheku Bayoh have toured extensively. The Protest, a play for children, will tour the UK this year. She has written for a wide range of theatre companies, broadcasters and publications including BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian. Hannah lives, breathes and dreams on the beaches and cliffs of Scotland’s east coast, with her dreaming often taking her back to the streets and closes of Edinburgh.

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Jj Fadaka is a writer, facilitator and radical based in Edinburgh. Her writing explores the possibility abolition, feminism, and love give us to create change. Jj uses poetry to speak to the political urgencies we face whilst centring community making in building the struggles against these.

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Titilayo Farukuoye is an Austrian-Nigerian writer, organiser and anti-racist educator based in Glasgow. Striving to dismantle oppressive structures, Titilayo interrogates race and gender constructs and explores climate justice and community care. Titilayo curated Our (In)visible Strengths (2018), a visual exhibition celebrating Scottish African and Afro-Caribbean community. Their poetry featured at Fringe of Colour Films and 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology. Media4Change and Future News Worldwide have recognised Titilayo’s journalistic work.

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