with Durre Shahwar, Nasia Sarwar-Skuse, and more.
The third of a series of online events for writers as part of the Representing Wales writer development programme.
Join us for a creative, lively, and inspiring session on nature writing. The session will include readings and a discussion from the Panel who are all contributors to a forthcoming nature anthology. The session will aim to inspire everyone to step out and enjoy the nature around them whilst also demystifying the genre of nature writing and the process of creating an anthology.
Please note: Places must be booked in advance.
Meet the Speakers:
Durre Shahwar is a writer, researcher, and a Future Wales Fellowship Artist (a collaboration between Arts Council of Wales and Natural Resources Wales). Her work is embedded in community facilitation, research, and creativity, crossing the boundaries between essay, autofiction, and prose poetry. Durre is an AHRC PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Cardiff University, where she teaches Creative Writing. Her work has been published in various places, notably: Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class (Dead Ink Books), We Shall Fight Until We Win (404 Ink), Homes For Heroes 100 (Festival of Ideas). She also co-edited Just So You Know (Parthian Books).
Nasia Sarwar-Skuse is a writer and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She has been working as a creative writing facilitator for three years and is passionate about the presence of authenticity in literature by ethnic voices and its intersections with diaspora, gender, and memory. Nasia was awarded a New Writer’s Bursary by Literature Wales in 2019. Her work has appeared in a number of publications.
Louisa Adjoa Parker
Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer and poet of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in south west England. Her first poetry collections were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams. Her debut short story collection, Stay with me, was published in 2020 by Colenso Books. Her poetry pamphlet, She can still sing, was published by Flipped Eye in June 2021, and she has a coastal memoir forthcoming with Little Toller Books.
Louisa’s poetry and prose has been widely published. She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; and her grief poem, Kindness, was commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has performed her work in the south west and beyond and has run many writing workshops.
Louisa has written extensively about ethnically diverse history and rural racism, and as well as writing, works as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer on rural racism, black history, and mental health.
Susmita Bhattacharya is an Indian-born writer. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015) was long-listed at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018. Her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019 and has been featured on BBC Radio 4. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University and is involved in many community-led creative projects in and around Southampton. She was Writer-in-Residence at the Word Factory, London in 2021.
Taylor Edmonds is a poet, writer, creative facilitator and marketing manager from South Wales. Her work explores themes of womanhood, identity, connection, nature and empowerment. Taylor’s debut poetry pamphlet Back Teeth will be published in September 22 with Broken Sleep Books. She was the 2021 Poet in Residence for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.