Creative Writing with Umi Sinha – Crawley

Creative Writing with Umi Sinha – Crawley

Come learn creative writing with author Umi Sinha in a fun and supportive environment to nurture your talent. Try out Umi’s tried and tested writing exercises and take away new writing. Open to beginners and more experienced writers.

20 May 2017, 10-4pm 

£30 including lunch and refreshments

Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue, RH10 1 Crawley
Part of Crawley WORDFEST

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Creative Writing Workshop with Umi Sinha – Milton Keynes

Creative Writing Workshop with Umi Sinha – Milton Keynes

Come learn creative writing with author Umi Sinha in a fun and supportive environment to nurture your talent. Try out Umi’s tried and tested writing exercises and take away new writing. Open to beginners and more experienced writers.

Saturday 22 April 2017, 10-4pm 

MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd, M19 3QD
Milton Keynes

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£30 including lunch and refreshments (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & other diets can be catered for)

You can pay for the workshop in a variety of ways:

  • Through online ticketing system Billeto 
  • Online bank transfer (Writing Our Legacy, account 32716410 sort code 40-14-03)
  • Cheque, made payable to Writing Our Legacy and sent to c/o Black History, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN13XG

Please drop us an email to let us know that you have made a payment and to supply us with your postal address – amy@writingourlegacy.org.uk.

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Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Join writers and poets for a lively evening of spoken word, literature and tales from around the world.

With special guests Umi Sinha (Milton Keynes), Colin Grant (Crawley) and Hannah Lowe (Crawley) and live DJ set from the legendary African Night Fever.

Food & drink by donation, books for sale.

Milton Keynes – Fri 10 March, 7-8.30pm @ MKGallery
Crawley  – Thurs 18 May, 7.30-9pm @ Crawley Library, part of WORDfest

Free entry

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Writers’ Bursary Fund 2017

Writers’ Bursary Fund 2017

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to anyone wishing to go on one of our creative writing course who is:

  • on low-income or unemployed
  • needs help with childcare costs
  • has any access needs (eg translation, mobility, carer)

We are also offering to ALL workshop participants a free 15-minute one-to-one mentor spot from either Umi Sinha or Colin Grant. These slots are limited in number. You will get expert feedback on a few pages of writing.

You could get package of support valued up to £100 – offered first come, first serve, by a simple application, promise!

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Sharon Otoo UK Tour – 24 & 25 February 2017

Sharon Otoo UK Tour – 24 & 25 February 2017

We are thrilled to be working with London literature organisations Word Factory and Spread the Word to bring British Black author Sharon Otoo to the UK for a series of readings in Brighton and London in February 2017.

Last year, Sharon won the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize (€25,000) with short story “Herr Gröttrup Sits Down”, which she wrote in German and tells the story about the rocket scientist who worked for the Nazis, then the USSR. 

The readings will take place on the following dates:

Friday 24 February, The Old Market, Brighton,  7.30-10pm

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Sharon Otoo UK Tour – Brighton

Sharon Otoo UK Tour – Brighton

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to present British Black author and former Brightonian Sharon Otoo. Last year, Sharon won the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize with short story “Herr Gröttrup Sits Down”, which she wrote in German and tells the story about the rocket scientist who worked for the Nazis, then the USSR.

Sharon will be joined by authors Colin Grant (A Smell of Burning, Vintage, 2016) and Umi Sinha (Belonging, Myriad Editions, 2015).

Come enjoy an evening of readings, discussion and after party social by African Night Fever.

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A Room of One’s Own – Writing Retreat – 25 & 26 March 2017

A Room of One’s Own – Writing Retreat – 25 & 26 March 2017

This two-day writing retreat in Brighton is a perfect chance to indulge your creative writing craft and get inspiration and feedback from two Sussex authors, Umi Sinha and Colin Grant, who will share their own writing insights and help you progress your writing or projects.

The ‘retreat’ is spread over two days. On Saturday, you’ll be taught by Umi Sinha, who will explore fiction writing and using historical research or real life events in writing, using themes from her debut novel Belonging as starting points. On Sunday, Colin Grant will lead you through using autobiography in your writing including non-fiction and other types of writing, reflecting on his own practice in writing A Memory of Burning.

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Passion for Fashion: literature programme for Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton

Passion for Fashion: literature programme for Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton

We are thrilled to be working with Brighton Museum on a special weekend of literary activity (28-29 October 2016) inspired by its current exhibition, Fashion Cities Africa, including an evening event and a creative writing workshop.

On Friday 28 October, we are running a special Late Event at the museum, Passion for Fashion, presenting tales and poetry from Kenya, South African and Nigeria. Be prepared for chilled out live music, cocktail concoctions, live literature and a DJ social at the end to catch up with friends and others.

Tickets only £5 advance or on the door. Cash bar. Fun guaranteed!

On Saturday 29 October, we are running a one-day creative workshop for writers of all levels to get inspired by fashion, culture and design from Africa, with the view to creating new writing and a zine to take home.

Tickets are £30, includes lunch, refreshments and other nice things.

For further information, please see below or on Facebook: Passion for Fashion Creative Writing Workshop

To book, see the museum website or booking ticket office on brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

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Literary Feast, BME writers at Crawley’s WORDfest – 21 April 2016

Literary Feast, BME writers at Crawley’s WORDfest – 21 April 2016

Literary Feast at Crawley WORDfest

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to programme another top-notch literature event – Literary Feast – showcasing the South East’s writers at Crawley’s yearly festival, WORDfest.

This year’s event theme is food, so what better reason to programme, hence the title, Literary Feast! A feast of bite-sized performances from writers and poets exploring the rich foods of the globe. Odes to mangos, jerk chicken, curry and samosas.

Featuring: Akila Richards, Lynne E Blackwood, Suchitra Chatterjee & surprise guests.

Expect delicious food and drink, plus a lively audience!

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 7.30pm-10pm. Free event

Crawley Library – Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG

For more information, see

eventbrite.co.uk/e/literary-feast-tickets-23497284009

facebook.com/events/1708498649435021/

 

 

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

CALLALOO, the premier literary journal of the African Diaspora

The journal is now accepting applications for the 2016 Oxford CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (CCWW) until December 13, 2015. We invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for admission consideration for this weeklong workshop, which will be hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) at Oxford University, July 10-16, 2016. Fred D’Aguiar (creative nonfiction), Vievee Francis (poetry), and Ravi Howard (fiction) will serve as the 2016 workshop leaders.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://callaloo.expressacademic.org/login.php no later than December 13, 2015. Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry, twelve pages of prose fiction, or twelve pages of prose creative nonfiction). To complete & submit your application, go to http://callaloo.tamu.edu/node/240.

For additional information, email (callaloo@tamu.edu) or call (979-458-3108).

Asian writers wanted for event in Portsmouth

Tom Sykes, author of Bradt Travel Guide to Ivory Coast and Lecturer in Creative and Media Writing at University of Portsmouth is organising a public event at the University of Portsmouth called ‘Reviving the Crescent’, which explores Portsmouth’s literary and cultural connections with Asia.

He is looking for writers from an Asian background to read something – whether prose or poetry, fictional or nonfictional – based on their experiences of Portsmouth. This includes Indian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern – anyone with heritage from any Asian country.
For more information about the event, see http://creativespace.cci.port.ac.uk/2015/09/16/reviving-the-crescent-portsmouth-connects-with-asia-being-human-festival-event/

For more information & to register interest in reading, contact Tom on 023 9284 5505 or tom.sykes@port.ac.uk

I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be

Speaky Spokey, the literary cabaret, presents an evening of readings, music and discussion, with a special highlight from Wasafiri Magazine. Pauline Black, Hannah Lowe, Burt Caesar and Colin Grant investigate whether it’s possible or desirable to ‘think black’. Pauline also sings a few songs.

19 October, 7pm
Kings Place, London
£9.50
INFO & TICKETS http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/spoken-word/im-black-so-you-dont-have-to-be#.VhdvILRViko

Jacob Ross half day writing masterclass

Join a special one-off half-day writing masterclass workshop with Jacob Ross, who will be coming to Brighton on Tuesday 20 October for a talk with Umi Sinha about her debut novel Belonging (more details below).

The workshop is limited to 6 places, focusing on your short story writing. Jacob will provide one-on-one feedback about your story-in-progress (15 minutes) plus lead the whole group in an intensive session on craft, narrative and character. The session will run 4-7pm on Tues 20 Oct, for a total cost of £30, including tea and coffee.

Email Amy on writingourlegacy@gmail.com to express interest and hold your space and we can arrange payment after the workshop has been confirmed.

#LegacyPopUp – ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’ featuring Umi Sinha, Jacob Ross

Feature film The Forgotten Kingdom (2012, 97mins, Lesotho-South Africa 2014,Subtitled, Cert:TBC) and special guest readings from Umi Sinha (Belonging,Myriad), in conversation with Jacob Ross (Pynter Bender, A Way to Catch the Dust) and Amy Zamarripa Solis (No Place Like Home).

Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral home of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

The event will include Indian-British author Umi Sinha, who will read from her epic historical novel debut Belonging, set in India, and Sussex, published in September 2015 by Myriad Editions. Her reading will be followed by a discussion with Grenada-born author Jacob Ross and Mexican-American writer Amy Zamarripa Solis on the themes in the book such as home, belonging, identity as well as the creative process from a diverse writers point of view.

Presented by Legacy Film in partnership with Fabrica and Writing Our Legacy, to celebrate Brighton & Hove Black History Month 2015.

Tues 20 October, 8-11pm
Doors & Bar 8:00pm, Event starts 8:15pm
Tickets £4 advance
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Brighton’s Black History Month presents….The Big Big Tea Party

A multi cultural celebration of local arts and heritage. Exhibitions, workshops, films, food and craft stalls. Free entry, drink and refreshment for sale. All welcome!

TIMETABLE

12pm – Doors open
12-12.30pm – Founders Room – Crossing the Teas launch educational resource, community leaders award
12.30-4pm – Tea Room – serving teas, cakes and snacks from different cultures (cash only) – run by Art Sync’s Crossing the Teas project
12.30-4pm – Children & Family Space – drop in space, plus workshops for under 5s and over 5s – run by Banyan Tree Theatre Group
12.30-4pm – Film & Spoken Word – run by Legacy Film & Writing Our Legacy – featuring No Place Like Home project
12.30-4pm – other arts and cultural activity to be announced closer to the time
4/5pm Close

If you are interested in reading or performing at this event, please contact Amy on writingourlegacy@gmail.com.