Exploring Black Spaces Through Community Archives and Creative Writing

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Come join us for a free half-day workshop exploring histories of Moss Side and Hulme through our archives and creative writing. This session is part of a research project lead by MMU and is aimed at young people aged 16 – 21. Limited places, so book now!

MMU Community Engagement Research Project- Black Poetics of Space
Workshop #2: Exploring Black Spaces Through Community Archives and Creative Writing
5 February 2022 from 1pm to 4pm at Manchester Central Library

Organised by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and the Manifold Lab at MMU

This workshop is addressed to young people (16-21) attending college and university in Greater Manchester. We invite curious young people who are interested in histories of the city told from anti-racist, anti-bias community perspectives. The workshop is led by a team of educators from Manchester Metropolitan University and members of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre. In the workshop, you will:

  • Hear how the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre works with Global Majority communities (by this we mean Black, North African, Asian, Latinx, Middle Eastern, refugee and migrant communities) to archive and preserve their histories in the city.
  • Explore documents preserved in the archive that focus on the histories of Black communities in Hulme and Moss Side.
  • Experiment with creative writing practices developed by Black artists and writers


What you bring to the table:

  • Interest in anti-racist, anti-bias, histories.
  • Your own knowledge and experience of living near or in Manchester
  • Enthusiasm to engage in a creative project with other peers; previous experience is not required.


What you can take from it:

  • A certificate of participation with the MMU and RACE Centre logos.
  • Meeting other young people with similar interests.
  • New skills in creative writing and visual art.
  • Connect with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and find out more about their work
  • Make new contacts at Manchester Metropolitan University and learn about other similar creative projects that will unfold during the year.

The workshop is part of a research project taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University. You will be asked to give consent so we can document the activities of the project but you will remain anonymous. If you have questions about this aspect, you can contact us at this email: [email protected]

Refreshments will be offered during the session

This workshop is free.

To confirm participation send an email to Laura at [email protected] by 31 January 2022

Image credit: poem by Reginald Dwayne Bett from his book ‘Felon’