Are you really going to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to a participate in a free poetry and public art workshop to reclaim your stories and voice with Khairani Barokka? You don’t need to be an artist or poet, and this session is particularly open to Women of Colour with disabilities. Join us on the 19th of July at South Kilburn Studios and register by emailing us at info@thebodynarratives.com 
And if you can’t make the workshop, definitely join us for an inspiring evening of poetry and performance art show that challenges how and what stories Women of Colour with disabilities tell. Buy your tickets now: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eve-and-mary-are-having-coffee-spoken-word-with-khairani-barokka-tickets-11996232053?ref=ebtnebtckt

Are you really going to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to a participate in a free poetry and public art workshop to reclaim your stories and voice with Khairani Barokka? You don’t need to be an artist or poet, and this session is particularly open to Women of Colour with disabilities. Join us on the 19th of July at South Kilburn Studios and register by emailing us at info@thebodynarratives.com 

And if you can’t make the workshop, definitely join us for an inspiring evening of poetry and performance art show that challenges how and what stories Women of Colour with disabilities tell. Buy your tickets now: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eve-and-mary-are-having-coffee-spoken-word-with-khairani-barokka-tickets-11996232053?ref=ebtnebtckt

Re-launch and call for submissions!

The Body Narratives is re-launching in August as the UK digital hub for Women of Colour’s narratives, experiences and work. We are expanding our content and are now looking for columnists, feature writers and reviewers to join our team. 

We will provide you with the unique opportunities, a chance to share your views, and feedback and support from TBN editorial team. Currently, positions are unpaid. 

Head over to The Body Narratives for more information. 

Feel free to browse our archive of wonderful posts here before the launch!

Event: Poetry and Art with Khairani Barokka

We are excited to announce we will be hosting artist and poet Khairani Barokkaduring her visit to London on the 19th of July at South Kilburn Studios for both an exclusive workshop and a solo-poetry show.

“Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee” – Spoken word with Khairani Barokka

Eventbrite - “Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee” - Spoken word with Khairani Barokka

Saturday 19th July 2014 – 5:30pm – 7pm South Kilburn Studios

Jolt yourself awake. In its London Premiere, kicking off a tour of Europe and right before its Edinburgh Fringe World Premiere, Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee is a solo spoken word show unlike any you’ve seen or heard before, pushing the boundaries of poetry, performance art, and storytelling.

By 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival International Writer-in-Residence Khairani Barokka, get ready to hear and see word-slings of womanism, irreverence, lack of penitence, Java the island, java the coffee (as imbibed by religious figures), anti-ableism, and slurpee drinks. You won’t have a date with a cup of joe like this again. Accessible for hearing-impaired audiences.

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Let me tell you something: Art and Life Out Loud by Women of Colour of All Abilities (Including Flying and Teleportation)

Poetry and Public Art Workshop 

Saturday 19th of July 2014 – South Kilburn Studios – 11am – 4pm

(Capped at 10 Workshop Participants)

As women of colour with disability, we live in box after box of others’ perceptions, assumptions, expectations, and stereotypes, and the weight of limited avenues to tell our own tales. This is your chance to tell the stories YOU want to tell about the gorgeous, complicated, hilarious, unique lives we live. You’ll sculpt your words in poetry and storytelling, and together, we’ll create a public art project for all abilities, exploring the ways we can represent our own selves, speak to our own truths, and take them to the streets.

Bring your: READINESS TO TELL YOUR TALE AND LISTEN . BRAIN . BODY . HEART . DREAMS . SCHOOL/WORK CHALLENGES. LOVE/SEX STORIES . CREATIVE JUICES . PREPAREDNESS FOR THE UNEXPECTED . COMMUNITY-MAKING COJONES.

To register your place, please contact info@thebodynarratives.com.

If you have a visual or hearing impairment please let us know to ensure we are able to fully cater for any needs you may have.

The workshop will be 5 hours with an hour break for lunch in between. Please bring your own lunch. We will provide light refreshments and snacks. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know beforehand.

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Khairani Barokka (Okka) is an internationally-working artist, writer, and advocate with disability, whose poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in the US, Australia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, and who has taken her innovative spoken word, performance art, disability and transdisciplinary workshops to India, Singapore, Malaysia, the US, Australia, and her native Indonesia. She has a masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a Tisch Departmental Fellow, and among her awards and honors was Emerging Writers Festival’s (AUS) Inaugural International Writer-In-Residence for 2013. This year, she presents the World Premiere of her hearing-impaired accessible solo show, “Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee”, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as part of her first European tour@mailbykite

Check out her post for The Body Narratives.

i-shapebeauty:

Using film, visual art, dance and poetry, A Different Mirror provides a platform for Women of Colour artists to explore the conflicts about how we see ourselves versus how we are seen.

The 3 day exhibition and educational activities confront these crucial questions about the systems or structures that shape our relationship to our bodies and its connection to our identities. It holds up a mirror to see and know ourselves differently.

Exhibition Public Opening Times:

Saturday 26th April 2014 10 am – 5pm

Sunday 27th April 2014 12 pm – 5pm

 Featuring works by: Indigo WilliamsLesley AsareSanaa HamidNasreen RajaSarina Leah MantleWasma MansourUchenna Dance, Patricia Kaersenhout, and Ng’endo MukiiAowen JinJanine ‘j*9′ FrancoisClare Eluka, and Emerzy Corbin.

Reflections: Art as a Tool for Healing

Saturday 26th of April 2014

6:30pm – 8:30pm £7.50 (early bird £6.50)

This artist seminar explores the ways in which art can be used to heal and empower ourselves and others. It offers insight into different artistic mediums and how these artists have used their practices for reclamation and transformation.

Featuring a performance by writer Yrsa Daley-Ward, talks by Indigo Williams (poet) and Lesley Asare (visual and performance artist) of I Shape Beauty, and a panel discussion featuring Sharmila ChauhanAowen JinVicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance) and Bola Agbaje.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reflections-art-as-a-tool-for-healing-tickets-11083233249?ref=ebtnebtckt 

Photos by Rowena Gordon Photography

(via inbetweenlove)

This week the amazing ladies from I Shape Beauty, Lesley Asare and Indigo Williams, began working with 6 young women through a series of poetry and visual art workshops titled ‘Secrets Women Keep’.

This is what these wonderful and brave women had to say after digging deep and creating honest, powerful poems. 

Want to see the final installation that is commissioned by us for ‘A Different Mirror’? 

Come visit next weekend Saturday 26 - 27 April @ Brixton East! We think you’ll love it!

http://adifferentmirror.thebodynarratives.com/

Calling all Women of Colour in the UK: Tell us how you feel about your body!

We want to use A Different Mirror as an opportunity to start a conversation and collect stats and data on body image that is specific to Women of Colour in the UK.

Some of the things that shape our ideas of beauty can be different for different ethnic, cultural and racial groups, and we feel that it’s time to address that.

Did you know, for example, that 77% of Nigerians or around 60% of people on the South Asian subcontinent use skin bleaching products to make themselves fairer?

We want to hear what you have to say and how you feel about your body so we know what’s going on and most importantly what we can do next.

Complete our survey and don’t forget to fill in your email address at the end for a chance to win a prize.