Embroider a message in your clothes: A writing workshop on the power of garments

About the workshop

Clothes are often our mask for meeting the world. We dress for mood, culture, nostalgia and occasion. We signal to others with what we wear, and we recognise others by what they are wearing. What does it mean for our fictional characters and ourselves?

Informal and fun, this session is a sartorial day of literature and writing exercises inspired by clothes and garments. Looking at contemporary writers and poets, we will delve into the emotional heart of clothing choices and experiment with our own writing, read/listen to excerpts with discussion and have opportunities for optional sharing.

Who is it for?

This course is for underrepresented writers –those who face barriers to opportunities due to migrancy, asylum seeking status, mental health issues, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, survivors, LGBTQIA+ and working class backgrounds.

Travel costs of up to £2/workshop are available to ensure access. Please contact us if you’d like more information, or simply bring your ticket/receipt to the session to be reimbursed.


Friday 30 September 2022


11 am – 4 pm (with 1 hour scheduled for lunch)



About the workshop leaders

IMPART has been generously supported by the Baring Foundation to provide a year-long training and development programme under its Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse strand. Emerging writers are being mentored by more experienced ones in how to run creative writing workshops. In this instance, George is being mentored by Akila and they, in turn, are both co-leading the workshop.

About Georgina Aboud

Georgina is of Lebanese and Anglo-Irish heritage. She lives in Brighton, where she works as a freelance writer. Much of her working life has been spent in international development focusing on gender, climate change, and food security. Through this work and others, Georgina has been lucky enough to work all over the world including observing elections in Kosovo and Ukraine, collaborating with forest and mountain communities in India and Colombia, working on briefing papers in Bangladesh as well as pulling pints in Peru. Georgina has also worked as a carer, a TV and film extra and a dog sitter. Georgina was published under Creative Future’s Spotlight Books imprint. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of poems.

About Akila Richards

Akila is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist, performing and collaborating inter/nationally in different settings. Her portfolio includes coaching and mentoring, commissions across artistic genres and creating culturally creative events; currently as Artist in House for ‘Rest My Resistance’ at Brighton Dome, and producing a range of new work. Her poems and short stories have been published by Penguin, Peepal Tree Press, Creative Future, Waterloo Press, Covert Magazine and in a range of audio online performances. She is due to publish her first poetry pamphlet and is editing her first novel.

If the workshop is full, you can sign up for the waiting list by emailing us here.


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Jubilee Library,
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