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NCJAA: What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings? is the bold new paper from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA), commissioned by Arts Council England in 2017, highlights the findings from a series of roundtables which considered the titular question. The paper has special relevance to writers and artists working in criminal justice settings, such as writers-in-residence at prisons.

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Filigree events and workshops

Find below the full list of Filigree events and workshops. We'll be adding new dates as and when they get confirmed.


Kadija Sesay & Friends: (Post) National Poetry Day event with readings from Filigree 
8 October Barbican Library, London 7-9pm (6.30pm for refreshments)
Maggie Harris, Selena Rodrigues, Michael Campbell and Roy McFarlane
Book online.

Save the Date!
Launch event in London: 23 November (details TBC)

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New Poetry Anthology of Black British Poets: Exploring the subtleties of ‘Filigree’

Filigree is the second anthology of contemporary Black British poetry published by Peepal Tree Press, a leader in Caribbean and Black British literature. It follows in the footsteps of previous successful anthologies: Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (edited by Kwame Dawes) and Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (edited by Jacob Ross).

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Loretta Collins Klobah interview mentioned by The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation has written of Vahni Capildeo's interview of Loretta Collins Klobah in the July-August  PN Review, about Ricantations (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2018) and her work more generally.

Read more online.

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Call for submissions: Audre Lorde-inspired performances

The Marlborough Theatre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts are delighted to announce two new commissions for BAME LGBTQ+ artists to create a new 15-minute performance inspired by Audre Lorde!

Following on from 2017’s successful Thinking Queer: Bloomsbury Group, TMT and ACCA are excited to present another night of reflection, resistance, poetics and power, this time to celebrate the work of trailblazing writer, thinker and activist Audre Lorde.

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Writing Black, writing trauma

'Who would I be without my misery? Keeping calm about Black life has never remained an option,' writes Rashad Mubarak in his essay on 'The Trauma of Being A Black Writer'.

Read the article over at Medium.

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Vahni Capildeo: Walking Cities: Toronto – 'an exchange of air'

Vahni Capildeo reflects on her Walking Cities walk with Dionne Brand in Toronto for the British Council.

Read the article at the British Council website.

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Call for submissions: Race, Gender, Austerity Hope and Resistance

Please circulate widely

Race, Gender, Austerity Hope and Resistance strategy, organisation and change

An open call for intersectional articles, images, photography, artwork, graphic novel extracts, satirical cartoons and poetry by women.

On the themes of race, gender, austerity, hope and resistance - strategy, organisation and change.

In recognition of marginalised voices, women of colour, queer women of colour and indigenous women are particularly encouraged to submit.

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Ricantations recommended for National Poetry Day

Ricantations by Loretta Collins Klobah has been selected as a National Poetry Day recommendation for 2018.

The National Poetry Day Book Group also added its notes on the book for a readers' guide targeting book clubs, students and teachers. The book will also be distributed to book groups in association with NPD partner, The Reading Agency.

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Two reviews in Caribbean Beat

Shivanee Ramlochan reviews Ricantations and Kitch for Caribbean Beat.

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