literature & poetry

Fantastical Futures: Folk Tales from the Earth

Part of London Literature Festival

Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course for ages 18 – 25, led by award-winning writers and poets Farzana Khan, Selina Nwulu, Sai Murray and AHHA AHHA.

Explore themes of folktales and fairy tales and reimagine possible futures, plus get the opportunity to perform your work as part of our Poetry International festival.

Work on new pieces and build existing relevant work, develop your writing, editing and performance skills and receive mentoring and skill-sharing from award-winning writers and poets.

Selina Nwulu is a writer, poet and essayist. She has written for and been featured in outlets including The Guardian, New Humanist and Vogue and has toured her work internationally.

She was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015 – 2016. Her first chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published in 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

Sai Murray is a writer, poet, performance and graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. His first poetry collection, Ad-liberation, was published in 2013. His novella, Kill Myself Now: The True Confessions of An Advertising Genius, was published in 2008.

Long-listed for a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017 and 2019, Murray has had poetry and short stories in anthologies including The Fire Next Time, Closure and Dance The Guns to Silence.

Farzana Khan is a writer, director, cultural producer and award-winning arts educator, and the co-founder and director of Healing Justice London, creating spaces for healing through arts practices for marginalised communities.

Khan was the creative and strategic director at Voices that Shake, a project that brings together young people, artists and campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice.

AHHA AHHA is a writer, mentor and performer from E1, London, who does youth and care work, on the frontlines, in the shadows, and is in the process of centring queerness in everything.

AHHA AHHA assumes apocalypses, trusts in youth, and wants to create and destroy worlds with youth (the future). AHHA AHHA is interested in strategies for appearance and disappearance of hurt bodies. AHHA AHHA is interested in tongues untied, in human and non-human becoming.

Dates & times

12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 360 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Sat 12 October 2019
      • 11:00 am
    • Sat 19 October 2019
      • 11:00 am
    • Sun 20 October 2019
      • 11:00 am


Royal Festival Hall
White Room, Level 1



need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 25.

If you would like to take part in this course, please tell us a little about yourself and why this course would be particularly beneficial to you in approximately 100 words by emailing

Please make sure you are available for all three sessions of the course before getting in touch.

Event information
The course takes place at 11am – 5pm on the following dates:
Sat 12 Oct: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Sat 19 Oct: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Sun 20 Oct: White Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

Related events
As part of the course, the group has the opportunity to perform on Sunday 20 October in Poetry International.
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