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25/10/2020 - 25/10/2020

A short film using poetry and movement to explore intimacy, race and colonialism.

Col, Fae and Clare met during the Mic Drop workshops for Queer writers of colour at Commonword, Manchester.

Over the weeks, they explored different aspects of identities, experience and position in response to various prompts.

This piece was inspired by poetry written by black lesbians in the 1990s from the Commonword Archive. The starting point was the trio’s individual responses to their work.

Col and Clare wove together responses into a fully formed text combing three unique voices. Fae, as a dancer, created a physical story that embodied the words for a visual performance.

Bringing together their combined skill set, they created a short film exploring poetry as the intimacy of words and representation of history, identity, race and colonialism.

This event is part of Black Gold Arts Festival 2020.


Clare Ramsaran

Clare a proud member of the Commonword and VONA Voices writing communities, and has an MA in Creative Writing. A writer of Indo-Guyanese/Irish heritage, she is working on a novel about two Indo-Caribbean brothers who join other immigrants in 1950s London, in the pursuit of love (of the inter-racial and queer varieties) and justice.

Fae Wolfe

Fae is a dance performance artist and somatic movement facilitator primarily focusing on creating space for storytelling to emerge from the origin of body. She explores experiences of ‘marginalised bodies’ as a collaborative inquiry into this distinctive narrative. Fae recently completed an MA in Dance and Somatic Well-being and is currently discovering how developing somatic tools can enhance collaborative exchange and performance.

Col Bashir

Col is a poet by night and psychologist by day. She identifies as a queer lesbian of colour with Yorkshire leanings. Her work mostly emerges from collective writing and creative spaces with a strong emphasis on raising marginalised voices and from a value base of social justice. Her writing has made an appearance in Commonword’s Sounds above 80 Decibels and Driftcuts anthologies.
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