Nick Makoha and Goldsmiths, University of London
Maura Dooley, Goldsmiths, University of London
The Metic Experience of the Black British Writer
The term Metic refers to foreigners or resident aliens whose allegiances are split between their homeland and their new country, coined by Nick Makoha it explains the phenomena experienced by black writers in the United Kingdom. Having fled Uganda during the crumbling Idi Amin dictatorship Nick is himself a writer in exile. For his residency with Goldsmiths, University of London, Nick looked to explore the experience of black writers in exile.
Nick’s overall aim, to create an in depth digital archive of black metic poets that will be a permanent fixture at The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre. To begin this process Nick conducted interviews with black metics living in the UK and abroad, recording their experiences as a series of videos. The poets Nick interviewed include Chris Abani, Elizabeth Alexander, Gregory Parldo, Warsan Shire, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph.
Whilst the digital archive is not yet up and running the project has gained support from Free Word, Spread the Word and The Poetry Society, hopefully providing the resources and knowledge for its completion
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