3 people on a green background, white text says 'Welcome new team members, Kelly Kanayama, Mae Diansangu and Titilayo Farukuoye!' Left: Titilayo smiles at the camera. They are a lightskinned Black person and are standing in a park, wearing a patterned jacket. Titi wears their hair in a big afro which is swaying in the wind. Middle: Kelly is smiling at the camera. She is an East Asian and Southeast Asian woman with glasses and black hair. Right: A photo of Mae Diansangu who is wearing gold hoop earrings. She smiles at the camera and she has curly hair.

Welcome new team members, Kelly Kanayama, Mae Diansangu and Titilayo Farukuoye!

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We are absolutely delighted to welcome three new members to our Operational Core Team!

Read on to find out more about each new team member and what they are also up to as writers…

Kelly is smiling at the camera. She is an East Asian and Southeast Asian woman with glasses and black hair.

Kelly Kanayama

Pronouns: she/her
Admin and Media Support

Kelly is our new Admin and Media Support and leads on social media and administrative management, including our inbox, marketing, editorial activities and supporting the delivery of our events and programmes. 

Kelly Kanayama is a pop culture and comics critic with a PhD in comics research. Born and raised in Hawaii but now living in Dundee, she has written for The Independent, Media Diversified, Bitch Media, and Nerdist, among others. She has also spoken on panels at comic conventions in New York, Glasgow, and London. Her poetry has been published in various print and online outlets including Lighthouse Literary Journal, Room Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, and Gists and Piths. 

Find Kelly on Facebook and Twitter.

A photo of Mae Diansangu who is wearing gold hoop earrings. She smiles at the camera and she has curly hair.

Mae Diansangu

Pronouns: she/they
Programme Manager (Community and Events)

Mae leads on programme management, including hosting some of our events, community engagement and developing new partnerships and programmes.

Mae Diansangu is a Black queer spoken word artist, writer and performer from Aberdeen.  She is co-founder of Hysteria, an arts platform that showcases women, non-binary and gender marginalised creatives. Her work has been published by 404 ink Magazine and she has been awarded commissions from the National Library of Scotland and StAnza. Mae is part of a network of Black community activists organising under BLM Scotland, and her work often centres on social justice themes.

Follow Hysteria on Facebook and Twitter.

Find Mae on Facebook and Twitter.

Titilayo smiles at the camera. They are a lightskinned Black person and are standing in a park, wearing a patterned jacket. Titi wears their hair in a big afro which is swaying in the wind.

Titilayo Farukuoye

Pronouns: they/them
Programme Manager (Community and Events)

Titilayo leads on programme management, including hosting some of our events, community engagement and developing new partnerships and programmes.

Titilayo Farukuoye is an Austrian-Nigerian writer, organiser and anti-racist educator based in Glasgow. Striving to dismantle oppressive structures, Titilayo interrogates race and gender constructs and explores climate justice and community care. Titilayo curated Our (In)visible Strengths (2018), a visual exhibition celebrating Scottish African and Afro-Caribbean community. Their poetry featured at Fringe of Colour Films and 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology. Media4Change and Future News Worldwide have recognised Titilayo’s journalistic work.

Find Titilayo on Twitter

Welcome Kelly, Mae and Titlayo to the team, we're excited to be working with you!

Kelly Kanayama, Mae Diansangu and Titilayo Farukuoye, join our Co-founder and Advisor Alycia Primohamed, and our Co-directors Dean Atta (Festivals, Partnerships and Editorial) and Jeda Pearl Lewis (Writer Development, Access and Communications) to form our Operational Core Team who all work part-time, running SBWN.

With Spring, comes new growth and renewal. We have been very sad to say goodbye to former team members and Andrés N Ordorica and Bhavika Govil who are moving on to new endeavours but will continue to be part of our wonderful SBWN community.

We have now updated our About page, adding our Partner Team Members, Hannah Lavery who is our Writers of Colour Group Facilitator and Martha Adonai Williams who is our Metaphors for a Black Future Programme Curator. We have also listed some of the literary and arts organisations that are our current and past Partner Organisations.

We’re excited for what 2021 (and beyond) has in store and look forward to collaborating with new and ongoing partners as well as working with Black writers and writers of colour in Scotland and beyond.

How to get involved

  • Get involved by attending our free and ‘pay what you can’ writing and professional development Events
  • Find out what current Opportunities are open
  • Follow us on Eventbrite to be notified as soon as we post new events
  • Contact us with enquiries or to circulate literary opportunities
  • Join our private Facebook group for Black and POC writers
  • Follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook
  • We share many literary opportunities on Twitter
  • Subscribe to our Newsletter

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