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Commission Call Out: Eclipse and Slate

Created by Black artists for Black artists.

Talented. Provocative. Innovating. Entertaining. Brave. Based in the North* and Black**.

Slate is a three-year movement supporting Black artists in the North to work on a local, national and international level. Born from a consultancy with Black artists across the region and led by Eclipse, this programme is designed to help you build a stronger, more visible practice locally, nationally and internationally.

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Unions and professional services for writers

As writers, most of us will be freelance and self-employed. That can be a very lonely state of affairs, but when you add in problems with cashflow, late payment and legal advice, being a writer can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself and help secure your rights.

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News from Lynne E. Blackwood

It seems Inscribe-supported writer Lynne E. Blackwood is onto a winning streak! Lynne will be appearing at The Asian Writer Festival, 21 October 2017, where she will read her shortlisted story from The Asian Writer Prize and Dividing Lines anthology. She was also Highly Commended for the Leicester Writes Prize and figures in their anthology from Dahlia Books (launched in June).

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Not White Enough, Not Asian Enough – or a Square Peg Seeking a Square Hole

by Lynne E. Blackwood

I hate boxes. I hate being put in a box, being defined by restrictions and having labels stuck on my forehead. I hate being prejudged as a person and as a writer.

My view of the world when setting out on this literary journey was one of wide-reaching acceptation. I thought I would be stepping into a community where each interacted with the other without prejudice. This is what my father taught me as a child. How wrong I was.

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Freeing the Natural Voice

Words by Maya Chowdhry
Headline image from Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain Licence)

I was very excited to be selected by Ledbury Poetry Festival to attend the Linklater method voice-coaching workshop, funded by The Fenton Arts Trust, after Peepal Tree Press put me forward for the scheme. So off I went into the deep green of Herefordshire.

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Towards a writer's utopia?

by Adam Lowe

Recently, I was invited to a literary 'sandpit' event. Various writers and professionals from the literary sphere got together to discuss the workings of our literary ecology, how we make a living from our writing (or the things attached to it, such as publishing, literary festivals and workshops) and, interestingly enough, what a universal basic income (UBI) might mean for writers. It was this last issue which is the topic for consideration today.

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Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster Reads Poetry and Delivers Workshops at Mboka Festival, Gambia, 2017

The SABLE Literary Festival is part of the brilliant new collaboration - the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport, 7-17 January 2017 - in warm and delightful Gambia. Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof.

In my role as the first Sable Poet-in-Residence, I was invited to read and deliver workshops. It was an honour and complete privilege. However, I was forewarned I would be worked very hard and indeed I was.

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Mahsuda Snaith launches The Things We Thought We Knew

Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith will be launching her amazing new book, The Things We Thought We Knew at Waterstones in Leicester, on Tuesday 13th of June.

If you'd like to come along, please e-mail Mahsuda's publisher, Penguin Random House, details below

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Call for writers from the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, are looking for submissions from writers whose heritage includes the experience of indentured labour.

The anthology (title tbc) will include poetry, nonfiction and fiction and will be published in 2018 by the School of Advanced Study to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of indentured labour. Twenty of the 52 countries of the Commonwealth were affected by indentured labour migration in the twentieth century. The anthology will explore and be shaped by the legacy of indentured labour.

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International ME Awareness Day: Productivity tips for writers

Today is International ME Awareness Day. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a complex multisystem disorder which causes symptoms such as post-exertional malaise (delayed illness and exacerbation of symptoms several days after activity of any kind), brain fog (problems with concentration and focus), orthostatic problems (light-headedness, dizziness), muscle and joint pain (the mylagia part), widespread inflamation (the -itis part), sensitivity to light and sound, disturbed sleep cycles, food and chemical sensitivities, and irritable bowel symptoms, among many others.

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