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We’re back Writing the Archive

The four writers and Ruth standing in front of shelves at the Manchester Poetry Library, lots of smiles.


We’re excited to be starting our second iteration of Writing the Archive, hosted by Manchester Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections and Manchester Poetry Library. 

Four Squad writers of colour, Chloe ElliottKayleigh JayshreeTayiba Sulaiman and Guruleen Kahlo will research and write about items or artefacts of their choosing across the collections.

They’ll be supported by Squad Grad/Board member and Poetry Library Learning Officer Ruth Awolola and her colleague Martin Kratz. 

We’ve spent a day looking round the collections and meeting staff.  Malika Booker sent us on our way with a tool kit on ways to look at and create work from archival material.

Writing the Archive was set up by Squad grad Fahad Al-Amoudi who, with Lydia Hounat and Prerana Kumar, focussed on objects in the British Museum. You can see the results in the PUSH 18.

This iteration is being funded by Manchester Poetry Library and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

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