February and March 2020 Events & News

February Events


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BAME Writing Masterclass with Nikesh Shukla – Paisley Book Festival

23rd February 2020

Paisley Arts Centre (Studio GA), 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ (Google Maps)

2:30pm – 4:30pm

This event is sold out.

In this workshop for writers of colour, Nikesh shares his writing tips and leads some exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Designed in partnership with the BAME Scottish Writers Network.

Nikesh Shukla is the author of books including The One Who Wrote Destiny, Meatspace, Run, Riot, and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant.


In conversation with Nikesh Shukla

23rd February 2020

Paisley Arts Centre (Theatre GA), 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ (Google Maps)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

£10/£6 + booking fee – book tickets here

Join Nikesh in conversation with Lisa Williams, founder of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. Some of the workshop participants will also be performing in this event.

Nikesh Shukla is the author of books including The One Who Wrote Destiny, Meatspace, Run, Riot, and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant.


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The inaugural Paisley Book Festival runs from 20 – 29th February 2020.

‘Radical Voices & Rebel Stories’. The festival takes inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals as it reflects their spirit with a programme of grassroots activism, new ideas and political conversation.

Events include panels, workshops, open mics and performances for children, young adults and adults (free, drop-in, priced and ticketed). BAME/POC writers, panelists and performers include:

See the full programme, get accessibility info and book tickets on the Paisley Book Festival website.


Job Opportunities

We’re excited to announce new paid opportunities… We’re looking for:

Deadline: 29.02.20

We’re committed to promoting diverse, equal & inclusive spaces and we welcome all backgrounds, all ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. We particularly encourage underrepresented communities to apply, including but not limited to people from BAME/BIPOC, LGBTQ+, &/or disabled communities, women, ‘working class’ &/or non-binary people.

If you know someone who would be interested in one of these positions, please share this page, or share this Twitter post.


BAME Writers Survey

We’re thrilled to announce the Scottish BAME Writers Network has been awarded funding from Creative Scotland towards a year-long pilot program! To kick things off, we’re launching a landmark survey for BAME writers in and from Scotland. The survey was co-produced with EDI Scotland and will gather the perceptions and experiences of BAME writers and BAME people in Scotland’s literary sector as well as help us plan inclusive programming in the coming months. It takes just 15 – 20 minutes. Open until 13th March 2020. Please share it with your networks: http://bit.ly/SBWNsurvey

March Events

Inky Fingers x Scottish BAME Writers Network presents an Open Mic Residency
Inky Fingers x Scottish BAME Writers Network: Open Mic Residency

We’re collaborating with Inky Fingers and the Lighthouse bookshop on a 3-month Open Mic Residency. Each Inky Fingers Open Mic features a headline performer and an open mic with a welcoming atmosphere.

The night is free to attend (donations on the night) and takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, from 7:30-10pm at the Lighthouse, Edinburgh Radical Bookshop. Our collaboration runs from February to April 2020.

3rd March 2020 headliner: Etzali Hernández

7:30 – 9:45 pm

Free/donation

Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop
43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB (Google Maps)

Accessibility for Lighthouse Bookshop found here. If you have any particular requirements please get in touch with them.

Etzali Hernández is a non binary latinx queer fierce femme poet, coder, DJ, no borders organiser and social justice trainer. Their work has been published in Ascend magazine, We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology, and more recently in Ceremony.

Places for the Inky Fingers Open Mic always fill up fast – please contact Inky Fingers to request a slot: email inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com. We are particularly interested in featuring BAME writers in our open mic.

More details on the Facebook event page.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance

Your health and safety are our top priority. Due to concerns and guidance around Coronavirus (Covid-19), events may be cancelled or postponed at short notice – more info here.


Gutter Magazine Spring Issue

Gutter is an award-winning print journal for fiction and poetry from writers born or living in Scotland and featuring literature from around the world. Issue 21 (Spring 2020) will include featured work by BAME writers in Scotland. Guest-edited by Alycia Pirmohamed and Jay G Ying. Find out more, buy or subscribe.

❗CANCELLED❗ Aye Write festival in Glasgow on 15th March

Cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19. We hope to programme a celebration launch in Glasgow at a later date.

Aye Write has since decided to cancel the whole festival and plan to issue ticket refunds. For more info, contact Aye Write.

❗CANCELLED❗ Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh, 17th March

Cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19. Ticket holders will be contacted directly by the bookshop.

However, you can still directly purchase copies of Gutter 21 from Lighthouse Books in person or over the phone/email.

“Send title/ author books@lighthousebookshop.com, we send payment link, we post!” – Mairi and the team.

Alternatively, you can purchase direct from Gutter: https://www.guttermag.co.uk/getgutter.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): please refer to Lighthouse’s updated events guidance.


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Writers of Colour Writing Group

Hosted and led by Hannah Lavery monthly on a Saturday or Sunday.

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT.

Next session TBC.

Free but ticketed – book on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Places are limited and tickets often sell out. Please contact the Scottish Poetry Library on 0131 227 2876 or via email to be added to the waiting list.


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