Writing workshop with Samah Hijawi

#creative writing #poetry #multilingual #futurology

Throughout time, people have written poems about the foods they love. Food makes us happy and brings us intense emotions, it brings back memories and takes us forward in time. In this workshop, we’ll be writing a poem based on a recipe for food that we love to eat. Because we know that food tastes different depending on where it’s cooked, and who’s cooking it… we’ll be leaving clues so that people in the future will know what the most important smells, tastes, colours and emotional states of the foods we love are.

This poetic writing workshop is guided by artist Samah Hijawi, who invites you to rethink the kitchen as a place of resistance. It’s a space for sharing and experimentation, where we join forces to write the world we want to see, where we allow ourselves to dream together. This episode is part of a series of workshops as part of the “Ecrire pour faire advenir. “.

Our dreams have been colonised by apocalyptic visions and largely sustained by the buzz of the media. Technocratic language, economic injunctions and the spectre of war have invaded our lives and our conversations. More than ever, it is essential to write instead of endure, to imagine a new paradigm for society, to open the doors to new horizons.

As the writer Felwine Sarr puts it so well: “The future happens because we think about it in the present. We project it into our imaginations, into our thinking, and we act to make it happen. You have to have a vision. You have to have a vision of where you want to go. You have to have a vision of what kind of society you want to create to make it happen.


Venue: Globe aroma, Rue de la Braie 26, 1000 Brussels

Date: Wednesday 14 June 2023 from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Conditions for participants: Free admission. No prior knowledge or practice of writing is expected, only curiosity and open-mindedness are welcome. Discussions will take place within an anti-racist, feminist, decolonial, ecological and intersectional framework. This writing workshop is part of a multi-episode series that generally takes place on Wednesday evenings, so feel free to follow just one episode, several or the whole series!

Languages: The workshop is conducted in French and English, but all participants are welcome to write in the language of their choice (French, English, Arabic, Persian, Italian, Lingala, Spanish, Swahili, Flemish, Farsi, etc.).

Publishing project: This series of poetry writing workshops will result in the publication of a multilingual poetry collection (end 2023).

Production, support & partners: Produced by Looops asbl with the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Globe Aroma and The Kitchen. We would also like to thank Lagrange for their support at  the beginning of this project.