Scottish Black Writers Group

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During Black History Month, we launch Scottish Black Writers Group, facilitated by writer Dean Atta in association with Scottish PEN.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a new, free writers group facilitated by our Co-Director Dean Atta and in association with Scottish PEN. It is a monthly meetup open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life – writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join us.

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Scottish Black Writers Group is an accompaniment to Metaphors for a Black Future, a programme by SBWN, curated by Martha Adonai Williams, featuring workshops for Scotland-based writers, non-writers and artists who are Black/from the African diaspora (including mixed heritage). You can sign up for the free workshops here.

You may sign up for one, several or all writers group events.

Scottish Black Writers Group Calendar 

Third Thursday of the month, 7-9 pm

  • Thu 21st Jan, with Alex Wheatle
  • Thu 18th Feb, with Nandi Jola
  • Thu 18th March (Guest speaker TBC)

In the past, we have been joined by guest speakers such as Eric Ngalle Charles, Leila Aboulela and Delia Jarrett-Macauley

Please find full details for each event and access info below.

Please be mindful when booking. The Scottish Black Writers Group is for writers based across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Scottish Black Writers Group with Alex Wheatle

Date: Thu 21st Jan 2021

Time: 7-9pm

Facilitator: Dean Atta

A peer support and social space facilitated by Glasgow-based author Dean Atta for Scottish Black writers and Black writers based in Scotland to meet and discuss with Black writers from across the UK and Ireland, with a guest speaker each month courtesy of Scottish PEN.

In January we’ll be joined by Alex Wheatle. Born in London to Jamaican parents on the 3rd January, 1963 , Alex spent most of his childhood in social services care. A huge fan of reggae, in his mid-teens Alex was a founder member of the Crucial Rocker sound system where he wrote lyrics for performances in community halls, youth clubs and blues dances in South London. His first novel, Brixton Rock, was published to critical acclaim by BlackAmber Books in 1999. Alex has won the London Arts Board Writers Prize in 2000 and has made multiple books published subsequently, including East of Acre Lane, The Seven Sisters/Home Boys, Island Songs , Checkers, co-written with Mark Parham in 2006 and The Dirty South. Alex was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008 . Alex’s first young adult novel, Liccle Bit was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015. Crongton Knights, the follow-up novel to Liccle Bit won the Guardian’s Children’s fiction award for 2016 and the Renaissance Quiz Writers’ Choice Award. Brenton Brown, the sequel to Brixton Rock, was published by Arcadia in 2011 . Alex wrote and performed his own one man show, Uprising in 2011. Shame & Scandal, Alex’s debut play, played to sold out audiences at the Albany Theatre, Deptford in October, 2015. Alex’s latest work, Cane Warriors was published in October, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Black Writers Group with Nandi Jola

Date: Thu 18th Feb 2021

Time: 7-9pm

Facilitator: Dean Atta

A peer support and social space facilitated by Glasgow-based author Dean Atta for Scottish Black writers and Black writers based in Scotland to meet and discuss with Black writers from across the UK and Ireland, with a guest speaker each month courtesy of Scottish PEN.

In February we’ll be joined by Nandi Jola. Nandi Jola is a South African-born poet, facilitator, writer, artist and storyteller. She came to Northern Ireland in 2001 and has since worked extensively in the arts. Nandi is a cultural ambassador and works in schools throughout Northern Ireland delivering cultural awareness workshops. In 2018 she co-founded She-Wolf Theatre Collective, following a sold-out performance of “The Vagina Monologues”, giving a platform for female writers and performers and speaking up about issues women face today. Nandi’s one-woman verse performance, “The Journey”, was selected for International Literature Festival Dublin in October 2020. Also in 2020, she facilitated the “SAME/Difference” creative writing and photography project, leading to this online exhibition: https://quotidian.ie/projects/same-difference/

 

Scottish Black Writers Group (March)

Date: Thu 18th March 2021

Time: 7-9pm

Facilitator: Dean Atta

A peer support and social space facilitated by Glasgow-based author Dean Atta for Scottish Black writers and Black writers based in Scotland to meet and discuss with Black writers from across the UK and Ireland, with a guest speaker each month courtesy of Scottish PEN.

The guest speaker for March is to be confirmed.

Access

  • All events are free.
  • All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
  • Events are hosted online using Webex (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection and a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video.
  • BSL interpretation/captioning/audio description provided on request during registration.
  • Events over 2 hours long will have a comfort break in the middle. You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • Please add any access requirements to the registration form.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.

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