Black Voices Speak: Cannabis Social Justice Poetry workshop provides a space, to use poetry and short prose to open our silenced voices. The project aims to publish 50 poems, which capture the people’s perspectives, lived experience and reflections on the effects of cannabis prohibition laws.

This workshop led by Dr Yewande Okuleye, and Angela Clerkin is part of the Festival of Radical Care.

Radical Care is connected to positive political change by providing spaces of hope in dark times” HJK Hobart. The theme of this workshop is radical care – the poems written during this workshop will focus on the Misuse of Drugs Act, cannabis use, social justice and ideas for necessary change.

Angela orchestrates a surprising and lively approach to writing poetry. The workshops will include Tai Chi, fun improvisations, discussions, working from images, dreaming possibilities, dipping into various types and styles of poetry, writing poems, and sharing our work in a supportive atmosphere. It’s an opportunity to explore and recover stories around cannabis without the trauma, and stigma. It is time to re imagine an empowered future. No experience necessary – all you need is an interest in the subject, courage to experiment with words and a willingness to share creatively with others. We also very much welcome experienced poets and spoken word artists, who are willing to share their wisdom while exploring new ways and new words.