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Thursday 11 March 99

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Listen To Amryl Johnson

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AMRYL JOHNSON

(Biographical Notes)

 Amryl Johnson was born in Trinidad and came to England when she was 11. Her education continued at Clark’s Grammar School in London and The University of Kent at Canterbury where she gained an Honours Degree in English with African and Caribbean Studies.  Amryl currently teaches at Warwick University.

She has taught numerous residential courses such as the week-long Arvon Foundation's and the Write Away weekend courses. She teaches Creative Writing at other levels, working with young people in schools, colleges and universities, as well as adults. Each session begins with a writing exercise around the five senses to aid concentration then giving individual help if necessary, the students are encouraged to work to several drafts, recognising the nuances in language as each subsequent draft takes them closer to saying what they mean as opposed to what they almost mean. Their drafts will show them how they progress from the germ of an idea to the finished poem or short story. She also works with senior members of the community helping them to express themselves through language on the page. The confidence gained is, invariably, extended to how they express themselves verbally. On a more practical level, the Creative Writing sessions are liberating. Language empowers you. When you are able to express yourself clearly and succinctly, you are listened to. Taken seriously. Most institutions now have access to some form of desk top publishing (failing that xeroxed copies) so whenever possible, she encourages the group to print an anthology of their work.

A much travelled writer and poet, residencies and readings have taken her to Belgium, Germany, Sweden, U.S.A as well as throughout the U.K. In 1998, she made three visits to Spain as a result of multiple invitations from Universities in Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba and Huelva to read and discuss her work with an audience. As a result of one of these visits, a PH.D student at The University of Seville is setting some of her work to music. This will culminate in a stage performance in Seville in 1999.

Amryl Johnson

RECENTLY COMPLETED

Lilies For my Grandmother Collection of short stories around childhood in Trinidad Publisher to be determined
Colouring Book Novel inspired by first few months of life in London after arrival from the Caribbean

WORK IN PROGRESS

Key Novel set in Tinidad around The Spiritual Baptists
Gorgons (The Musical) Stage Production based on the 1992 poetry collection
Calling Collection of poems inspired by legend

 

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