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Roger Robinson makes the RSL Fellows list

The The Royal Society of Literature has celebrated its 200th birthday with 60 new appointments and a five-year festival.

Among the new RSL Fellows is Roger Robinson. Our friends and colleagues Melanie Abrahams, of Renaissance One, and Shirley May, of Young Identity, are Honorary Fellows. 

There are also a number of excellent Black British and Caribbean poets on the list of Fellows, Honorary Fellows and other honours.

Find out more at the RSL website.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing (Good) Sex by Leone Ross

Over at the Spread the Word website, Leone Ross has written A Pocket Guide to Writing (Good) Sex!

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Monique Roffey shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award for The Mermaid of Black Conch

The news is in - Monique Roffey has been shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Best Novel Award. The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey joins excellent books by Susanna Clarke, Denise Mina, Julian Barnes, Rachel Long, Martha Sprackland, Caroline Bird and the late Eavan Boland in making the Costa Book Awards lists across fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

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Listen to Monique Roffey and Samira Ahmed on Front Row

With the Booker shortlist featuring books which deal with trauma, BBC Radio's Front Row explores the issues for writers in writing about trauma in both fiction and non fiction with writers Meg Rosoff and Monique Roffey, and the critic Suzi Feay. Monique talks about writing on trauma with Dodo Ink for their upcoming anthology, TRAUMA: Art as a response to mental health.

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Black Women and Books with Margaret Busby and Kadija Sesay

Black Women and Books – Zoom Webinar
Thursday 26 November 2020, 7-9pm
(Book online)

The event is free for those who cannot afford to contribute, but spaces are limited so please do donate if you can. The Feminist Library is collaborating with BookLove, an online Multicultural Travelling Carnival and shop, to organise an exciting series of online events around Black women in the business of books!

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#WATCH: Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture 2020 hosted Marc Wadsworth

Hosted by Marc Wadsworth, the annual Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture, organised by the National Union of Journalists, this year features Dr Francesca Sobande. Sobande is a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at JOMEC, with research interests and expertise in issues related to race, gender, structural inequalities, media, and the marketplace.

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Comrade Sak profiled in Eastern Eye

An article on Marc Wadsworth's Comrade Sak and the legacy of Shapurji Saklatvala appeared recently in Eastern Eye (Issue 1582, Friday 30 October 2020, page 14).

In his book, Wadsworth concludes: “As Saklatvala repeatedly charged, and is documented in my book, Labour in power frequently displayed attitudes and practices towards empire, colonialism and, frankly, in the racist immigration laws it brought in, that differed little from those of the Conservatives.

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Workshop: Ecopoetry with Maya Chowdhry TONIGHT!

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The Animacy of Fossils and Other Non-humans


Thursday 29 October, 6.45-8.45pm, Zoom

This is a writing workshop, led by Peepal Tree poet Maya Chowdhry, that'll explore how to enliven artefacts of the natural world. Book now to reserve your place.

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Listen to Roger Robinson's turn as guest editor on BBC Radio Scotland last weekend

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As part of the last Sunday Morning show’s marking of Black History Month, BBC Radio Scotland host Connie McLaughlin was joined by a special guest editor: the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for poetry, our very own Roger Robinson.

The show audio expires in 19 days, so catch it while you still can!

You may need a BBC account to listen, and the show may not be available to some listeners outside the UK.

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gal dem and Guardian Weekend launch memoir prize for young Black womxn and NB writers

Guardian Weekend magazine and gal-dem are launching a memoir writing competition for UK-resident Black womxn and non-binary writers aged 16-21 on the theme of ‘conversations’. You can find out more information at the Guardian website.

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