Wilkswood Roots Reggae 2019 is proud to offer a warm festival debut to writer and poet Christine Aziz.
Christine Aziz’s first novel, \’The Olive Readers\’ won the biggest publishing award in the UK and was published by Macmillan. There were over 46,000 entries. She is a short course tutor in creative writing at the Arts University Bournemouth and at AimCommunity – an education and arts project for young people. Christine\’s poems have been published in a number of magazines including Warscape and Odyssey. She has been a runner-up in the Mslexia and Bridport poetry competitions.
Previously, Christine worked as a freelance journalist reporting from around the world for major newspapers, magazines and broadcasters. She has contributed to a number of books, including \’How to Write the Perfect Essay\’ and \’The Afghanistan Field Guide\’ as well as an anthology of \’The World’s Best Sex Writing\’.
Two of her plays have been staged in the UK: \’Mary Shelley Goes to Hollywood\’, and \’Soul Post\’, a play set in post-invasion Iraq. She is founder of the Mary Shelley Festival, the first of its kind in the UK and which celebrates the life and works of Frankenstein’s author. She wrote and directed a series of monologues for the first Bournemouth-based festival in 2010.
Christine has run creative writing workshops in the UK, Egypt and Morocco. In the UK she has held workshops in Winchester Prison, community centres and schools, for Butterfly, a Bournemouth based organisation for survivors of domestic violence, and the Shelley Trust. Between 2011 and 2015 Christine held a series of creative writing workshops in Cairo, Egypt, for Rowayat, a new and exciting literary magazine for the Middle East (since closed). In Rabat, Morocco, she ran a series of creative writing workshops, mainly with young people and at the British University. More recently she took part in a creative writing project for young Moroccans run by the University of Iowa in Casablanca.