Have a migration story? Join my writing workshop

June 2, 2020
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Have a migration story? Join my writing workshop

Migration Matters 2020

I am delighted to announce I will be running a writing workshop at this June’s online incarnation of the Migration Matters Festival. Migration Matters Festival Director Sam Holland came to see my autobiographical theatre show ‘My Mother’s Shoes’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and as a result, the show was set to be in the Migration Matters festival programme in Sheffield this June. Because of COVID, I will be holding an online writing-from-life workshop instead. The show may be scheduled in the 2021 Festival.

How to book

Here is the booking link on the Festival’s website.  I will be holding the writing workshop on Friday 19-Sunday 21 June, and it will be three Zoom sessions.

The first 90-minute session on Friday 19 June will be for all participants introducing themselves. I will also talk about my process and set some ‘homework’ writing exercises.

Then the large group will split into two smaller groups. Each sub group will then have a session each where they can share their writings, either on Saturday 20 June or Sunday 21.

All levels are welcome, and all genres, but you must have a migration theme.

My Migration Story: ‘My Mother’s Shoes’ theatre show

‘My Mother’s Shoes’ is a solo theatre show about my relationship with my late mum. The show explored the idea of walking in your mother’s footsteps. I included the story of my mother’s deportation to Siberia and I looked at how her resulting PTSD impacted her and our family.

Audience reviews:

“Karola’s story of her mother’s life and their relationship is the best thing I’ve seen at the Fringe this year. I am planning to go again and take others with me. I would thoroughly recommend this story to anyone who wants to hear a warm, funny, authentic account of the ordeals, struggles and joys of an immigrant family and their integration into northern British life. Totally engaging!!”

“Beautifully written, beautifully performed. This isn’t ”entertainment”; it’s food for the soul. It’s moving, gripping, true; a piece of art. The performer gives all of herself, to tell a story that’s deeply moving, at times painful, at times humorous, but ultimately redemptive.
Go and see it!”

You can read more reviews here.

I would be delighted to help you kickstart your writing process so that you can tell your migration story.

My Mother's Shoes theatre show by Karola Gajda

A scene from My Mother’s Shoes theatre show by Karola Gajda

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