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Autumn 2022

group of actors at a workshop
Back: Tinuke Craig, Teri Ann Bobb Baxter, Natasha Brown (author), Gloria Obianyo, Tanika Yearwood. Front: Mimi M Khayisa, Dipo Baruwa-Etti. Photo: Dan Balfour.

We’ve just completed a workshop on Natasha Brown’s award winning debut novel, Assembly. We spent a week working with a stellar group of artists including writer Dipo Baruwa-Etti, director Tinuke Craig, movement director Ingrid Mackinnon and performers Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter, Mimi M Khayisa, Gloria Obianyo and Tanika Yearwood starting to adapt the novel, which was published in 2021 to universal acclaim. Supported by Arts Council England.

“An elegiac examination of a Black woman’s life and an acerbic analysis of Britain’s racial landscape. Brown’s rhythmic, economic prose renders the narrator’s experiences with breathless clarity, especially the steady, gnawing stream of racial and sexual harassment she faces. Assembly is a smart novel that takes risks with the questions it raises.”

The New York Times

And we’ve also just spent some time in a room with Tracy-Ann Oberman, Annabel Arden and others, exploring the life of Licoricia of Winchester – the life of a remarkable Jewish Businesswoman in Medieval England.

And at Wayward this Autumn, we’re reading Oldladyvoice by Elisa Victoria, Days Like These by Brian Bilston, Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, Confessions of a forty-something ###k up by Alexander Potter, Where to now, Blue? by Adrien Stoutenburg and Tyger by SF Said.