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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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Collected Poems Launch

Peepal Tree Press (UK), the Cultural Development Foundation and Mahanaim Publishing will host the launch of John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975-2015. This takes place at the CDF Conference Room on Wednesday May 24th at 7.30 pm.

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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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News from Minoli Salgado

Minoli Salgado's short story 'Heart' was recently translated into Russian and published in Moscow in an edited volume Under the Skies of South Asia: Territory and Belonging by Anna Bochkovskaya. Congrats, Minoli!

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The Body Narratives: Literary Brunch Club with Louisa Adjoa Parker, Hana Riaz and Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Date: 21st May 2017, 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Print Works Kitchen 20-26 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SX
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Africa Writes: R.A.P Party

Friday 30 June
19:30 - 23:00
£12

A poetry night unlike any you’ve been to before. Africa Writes opens with a Rhythm and Poetry Party - a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs. Featuring Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Fatimah Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, Rachel Long, Roger Robinson, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams and DJ Sid Mercutio. Followed by a set of afrobeats, funk, house and afro-influenced sounds from across the world. Expect your head to nod and your heart to move.

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Minoli Salgado in Turkey

Narratives of Trauma Symposium 10-12 May Ege University, Izmir. Readings and Paper: ‘Narrating and Unnarrating the Cambodian Genocide’. For more information, visit http://css.ege.edu.tr

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Upcoming poetry and fiction weekenders

Book onto our writing retreats for some hands-on guidance of your work! Places are filling up fast.

Crafting Fiction: Inscribe Fiction Weekender 2-4 June 2017 at Debden House. Check out our fiction weekender. 

Mind the Gap: Inscribe Poetry Weekender 9-11 June 2017 at Debden House. Check out our poetry weekender.

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Bearing my teeth

by Maya Chowdhry

Recently I attended the Bare Lit Festival at Toynbee Studios in the East End of London. It describes itself as “a new literature festival by and for writers of colour”. #POC isn't my favourite term for us, but I decided to go along and challenge myself to find out why in 2017, when I’ve been writing professionally since 1989, we still need such a festival (I do actually know the answer to this, but for the purposes of this blog post imagine I don’t).

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Malika Booker at Kendal Poetry Festival

Sat 17 Jun | 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £8

Malika Booker, dynamic performer, focuses on Caribbean culture, home and the art of storytelling. She will be joined by Katrina Naomi - a widely-published, wonderfully engaging poet, translator, critic, mentor praised by Vicki Feaver for her ‘cool and fierce eye’. Dove Cottage Young Poets Hannah Hodgson and Bella Matarewicz will be performing at this event.

Venue: Abbot Hall
Max: 60

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