Not About the Parakeets: Creative Writing for 9 – 11 years


Wednesday 6 October and Wednesday 13 October, 16:30-17:30 (BST)
Venue: Zoom
Tickets: FREE/£2/£5/£10 (Pay What You Can)

With Victoria Adukwei-Bulley.

A two part creative writing workshop for 9 – 11 year olds to explore their poetic voice!

Join poet Victoria Adukwei-Bulley in this two-part workshop as she takes 9 – 11 year old writers through the joys of finding their poetic voice, the power of imagination and techniques in how to overcome barriers to creativity. This is a chance to explore and have fun! 

Victoria’s poem ‘Not About the Parakeets’ was featured in Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry (2017), a collection introducing new voices in poetry for 10-14 years old. The poetry anthology showcases the work of five debut poets from diverse backgrounds.

Here’s what you need to know about Victoria Adukwei-Bulley:

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist based in London. She is the winner of an Eric Gregory Award, and has held artistic residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum. She is currently a doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London, supported by a 2019 Technē fellowship award for practice-based research in Creative Writing. 


Structure of workshop and safeguarding guidelines:

The workshops are one hour each (16:30 – 17:30 BST) and hosted on Crowdcast. You will need to register your child(ren) for both workshops separately on the Crowdcast platform. Participants will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. This is a live event, which will not be recorded.

To get the full experience it is best that the participant commits to attending both sessions.

The workshops are aimed at children aged 9 – 11 years old. To ensure those attending the workshops are children, we ask that an adult is present with the child(ren) and that the videos are on. If participants join without video and cannot verify they are a child, we will remove that participant from the session. The safety of our participants is paramount, and the virtual room will be locked after the sessions have started. If you have any concerns with the above you are welcome to contact Marcelle Akita on




Africa Writes 2021 returns from 4 – 24 October. You can join us in celebrating the imagination, pleasure and activism within contemporary African literature either online, at 180 The Strand and the British Library. Learn more about the programme here.