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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Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life – writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join us.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 15th October, with Eric Ngalle Charles
  • Thu 19th November, with Leila Aboulela
  • Thu 17th December, with 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.

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Scottish Black Writers Group with Eric Ngalle Charles

Date: Thu 15th Oct 2020

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. Book now (free).

In October we’ll be joined by Eric Ngalle Charles. Eric is a Cameroon-born Wales based writer, poet, playwright, actor and activist. He is currently a postgraduate student at Swansea University. Following the publication last year of his autobiography, ‘I, Eric Ngalle’, Eric was selected by Jackie Kay as one of the UK’s top ten BAME writers. He was recently the special guest at the African Festival of Emerging Writers, Cardiff Seren poetry Festival and his short film ‘Eric Ngalle: This is Not a Poem’ is currently touring the UK.

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Scottish Black Writers Group with Leila Aboulela

Date: Thu 19th Nov 2020

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. Book now (free).

In November we’ll be joined by Leila Aboulela. Leila was born in Cairo, grew up in Khartoum and moved in her mid-twenties to Aberdeen. She is the author of five novels, ‘Bird Summons’, ‘The Translator’, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, ‘The Kindness of Enemies’, ‘Minaret and Lyrics Alley’, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of migration and Islamic spirituality. She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her story collection, ‘Elsewhere, Home’ won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. Leila’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize. Her plays ‘The Insider’, ‘The Mystic Life’ and others were broadcast on BBC Radio. She is Honorary President of the Society for the Study of the Sudans and a Fellow of the RSA.

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Scottish Black Writers Group with Delia Jarrett-Macauley

Date: Thu 17th Dec 2020

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. Book now (free).

In November we’ll be joined by Delia Jarrett-Macauley. Delia is the youngest daughter of a Sierra Leone family, is a writer, academic and arts consultant. Her books include the novel Moses, Citizen and Me, which won the 2005 Orwell Prize, and The Life of Una Marson 1905-65. She has made programmes for BBC radio, taught Women’s Studies and Literature at the universities of London and Kent, and is on the faculty of IES Abroad (London). Delia is also known for her pioneering collections Reconstructing Womanhood, Reconstructing Feminism: Writings on Black Women and Shakespeare, Race and Performance: The Diverse Bard. She was the Historical Advisor for the women of colour Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 2019, and Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing from 2015-2019.

 

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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