Do you remember your first act of rebellion? The first time you stood up for something you believed in? The first time you said ‘no’? In this workshop – based on Yara Rodrigues Fowler’s practice writing political novels that incorporate her mother’s experiences fighting Brazil’s military dictatorship – we’ll swap stories of rebellion, resistance, and political awakenings from across generations and write them up as short stories, poems or monologues. Together, we’ll create a small archive of socialist resistance across places and times, and learn about each others’ experiences.
Yara Rodrigues Fowler is a writer from South London. Her first novel, Stubborn Archivist, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot and Dylan Thomas Prizes and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019. there are more things was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2022. Yara was chosen as a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2023. Yara is also a part-time organiser.