March 8, 2021

We're planning a new festival celebrating literature, storytelling and poetry.

New Writing Project

Dates March 8, 2021 - April 17, 2021

Times 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Price Free

Oxford House is at the planning phase of a brand new writing festival in 2022. We are developing a festival which platforms women writers and creates opportunities for local young people to explore their creativity. We will be working alongside Literatuere Producer Bea Colley and 3 brilliant (virtual) writers-in-residence to test new ideas through community writing workshops. Meet our artists in residence:

Irenosen Okojie
Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer whose debut novel, Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask  Award. She was presented by Ben Okri at the London Short Story Festival as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in ES Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short-story collection Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Saboteur Awards. Her new collection of short stories, Nudibranch, was published in 2019 and her story Grace Jones won the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.

Ironosen will be working alongside a group of older local neighbours who are part of East London Cares club.

Amina Jama 
Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer. She is an alumni of Barbican Young Poets, co-host of BoxedIN and member of Octavia WOC Collective. She has been published in The Things I Would Tell You, a Saqi Books anthology, and Rising Stars children’s anthology and her pamphlet A Warning to the House That Holds Me, came out last year. You can see some of her wonderful  work from Kayd’s Somali Week festival 2020 filmed at OH by clicking here.

Amina will be working alongside OH’s residents Kayd Somali Arts and Culture and four emerging poets from Tower Hamlets.

Aisha Bushby 
Aisha Busby is a brilliant children’s writer her books include A Pocketful of Stars and Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found, which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020.

Aisha will be working alongside local girls on creative writing workshops, discussions and supporting their input into the planning of our festival.

If you are a creative organisation focused on writing, poetry or literature and would like to find out more get in touch on info@oxfordhouse.org.uk