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.
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
Advisory group (members to be announced)
Feedback forms following SBWN events
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!
The Roots to Grow programme is predominantly funded by Creative Scotland.
Further funding comes from ticket donations and some partners.