The Power of Poetry with Kendel Hippolyte
Join Kendel Hippolyte, ‘perhaps the outstanding poet of his generation’ (Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry), in this half-day workshop. Kendel is famed for his poems that take on together urgent subjects of justice and equality through his nimble use of different forms and styles. In this workshop, you’ll gain the confidence to write poems that ask unflinching questions about our world, while staying awake to the form’s potential for intimacy, warmth and the human voice.
‘One gets the sense of a writer working in a laboratory patiently, waiting for the right image to come, and then placing it there only when it comes.’ – Kwame Dawes
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Kendel Hippolyte is a poet, playwright and director and sporadic researcher into areas of Saint Lucian and Caribbean arts and culture. A retired lecturer in literature and theatre, he is a poet and dramatist. His poetry has been published internationally in journals, anthologies and six volumes between 1980 and 2012. His writing explores the spectrum of Standard and Caribbean English, working with traditional forms, free verse and forms influenced by popular culture. He is the winner of the 2013 Bocas Festival Poetry Prize. He has performed his work in the Caribbean, Europe and America at literary festivals and events. He has taught poetry workshops in formal and informal contexts for various groups and has edited six anthologies of poetry, including poetry from students of creative writing courses that he taught. He has been a judge on panels for the Small Axe Poetry Prize, the Bocas Festival Poetry Prize and the Montreal Poetry Prize, among others.
His plays have been performed locally and regionally and three of his plays have been published in drama anthologies. He is an original member of the CXC Theatre Arts syllabus panel and is an external examiner. In 2000, Kendel was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for Contribution to the Arts. Recently retired from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, where he had taught Literature and Theatre, his present focus is to use his skills as a writer and dramatist to raise public awareness and contribute to active solutions of critical social issues.