Roots to Grow Programme

Brown hands cupping pink flowers. Yellow text says 'Roots to Grow'

Our Roots to Grow Programme runs from April 2022 to March 2023.

Links and additions to our main programme strands and partnerships will be added below throughout the year.

Much of our work involves professional development including artistic and career development; paid performance, workshop facilitation and publishing opportunities; and fostering community-building and peer mentoring.

Scottish BPOC Writers Network is run by BPOC writers for BPOC writers and literary professionals. During our previous ‘Staying Connected’ programme (Feb 2021 – Mar 2022), and hundreds of BPOC writers participated in our events and activities and we commissioned 80+ BPOC artists, as facilitators, readers/performers, prose and poetry writers, curators and arts programmers. With our ‘Roots to Grow’ programme we’re continuing with some of our more popular projects, evolving partnerships and developing as an organisation.

Read the news release announcement

Find out more about us.

Our main ‘Roots to Grow’ programme strands include…

Artistic practice and professional development, peer-mentorship, community and networking

Asian Writers Group, monthly on the third Wednesday of the month

Scottish Black Writers Group, monthly on the third Thursday of the month

Writers of Colour Writing Group (10-month programme), co-curated by Hannah Lavery and Marjorie Lotfi

Metaphors for a Black Future (October 2022), curated by Martha Adonai Williams

QTIPOC Writers Group

Intermediate Craft Seminars

Private Facebook group for BPOC writers and literary professionals


Digital essays published on our blog

Writers of Colour Audio Anthology, co-curated by Hannah Lavery and Marjorie Lotfi (read previous anthologies)

Metaphors for a Black Future Zine, curated by Martha Adonai Williams (read previous zines)

Community feedback and consultation

Annual survey on the perceptions and experiences of people of colour in Scotland’s literary sector (2020, 2021, 2022 survey coming soon)

Advisory group (members to be announced)

Feedback forms following SBWN events

Sharing opportunities

We regularly share submissions, awards and other literary opportunities on our social media:

Opportunities, our events and community events shared in our monthly Newsletter 

Partnerships for 2022-23 include

  • Aberdeen Performing Arts
  • Books From Scotland, Sanctuary Issue
  • Edwin Morgan Trust
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Right Here, Right Now
  • Floris Books
  • Literature Alliance Scotland
  • Glasgow University (Science Fiction and Fantasy Network)
  • IASH (University of Edinburgh)
  • Lighthouse Books
  • Publishing Scotland (EDI Committee member)
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre
  • Society of Authors
  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • Playwright Studio Scotland
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • and more in the works!

If you’re interested in partnering with SBWN, please refer to our Safer Spaces Policy and Mission and Values before contacting us.


The Roots to Grow programme is predominantly funded by Creative Scotland.

Further funding comes from ticket donations and some partners.

Where to next?