October 2021: Recipient 014, Cilla Lafayette
We are excited to announce the 14th recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant is Cilla Lafayette. Cilla sent in a non-fiction piece about solidarity between people of colour and the white working class, as well as a short film titled ORDO I : X (1:10). The 6 minute film brings together a cast that discuss division amongst different identities. Lines like ‘propaganda assists us in the formation of our perception of one another’ are cut between found audio and music, while the actors move around and gesture to one another in high fashion, under high production. We loved the rhythm and the precision of the writing, the aesthetic and the politic of the whole thing. We hope this grant supports Cilla as she works towards a new video essay series.
Cilla Lafayette is from Ghana, but born in UK, London. She began her creative journey in Theatre as a Director and writer; she now identifies as an Interdisciplinary Storyteller, working in a non-binary way that incorporates music, dance, visual art, text in film and live performance work. Cilla says, ‘I’m in love with writing that provokes deep and critical thinking, encourages empathy and community; writing that feels lyrical and gives life.'
Links below if you want to read her work:
- Read: The Best of Enemies: Why people of color and the white working-class must unite in the struggle for justice
- Watch: ORDO I : X (1:10)
- You can find Cilla on Instagram and her website