courses & workshops

Poetry Workshop with Dean Atta

Part of Kiss My Genders

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Develop your ekphrasis skills in a poetry workshop in response to our new Hayward Gallery exhibition Kiss My Genders with celebrated poet Dean Atta.

In a half-day workshop starting with a guided tour of the exhibition, share your ideas and work with fellow poets to craft poetry that draws on the themes of the exhibition, such as identity, gender and beauty.

Anyone with an interest in poetry can take advantage of the chance to work with an established writer while learning some of their methods for crafting beautiful and original poetry in response to art.

Atta's debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody's Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.

His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One's The One Show and several times on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4.

Atta was named one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.

He regularly performs across the UK and internationally, and his young adult novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published by Hodder Children’s Books in August 2019.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

A limited number of bursary places are available for this event. To apply for a bursary place, please email

Event information
After an introduction to the event, go on a guided viewing of the Hayward Gallery exhibition Kiss My Genders and return with your ideas for a 90-minute writing workshop. Exhibition entry is included.

Poets are asked to bring their own pencil (no pens please) and a notebook, and are welcome to bring any existing related work for this workshop.

The class is open to people of all ages and abilities, and a willingness to learn together is essential.

Related events
This event is part of our Kiss My Genders exhibition.
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