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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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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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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Free one-day workshops in Brighton, Crawley, Milton Keynes & Bristol – No Place Like Home

Free one-day workshops in Brighton, Crawley, Milton Keynes & Bristol – No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home UK

We are running free one-day workshops across the South East to help you to explore your childhood home – and bring it to life, in a new project called No Place Like Home.

Travel back in time to that house, town, neighbourhood or country where you grew up, with the help of writer Amy Zamarripa Solis and acclaimed visual artists Larry Achiapong and David Blandy.

You will explore a variety of mediums including oral history, film, drawing, writing, and other visual arts and literature.

Artist Aikaterini Gegisian will create a film about your life and memories.

You will have a chance to share your memories and stories at a sharing later as part of Black History Month. You will also have a chance to share your story on our project website.

Dates and locations

  • Brighton – Friday 25 September, Brighton Dome Founders Room – 10am-4pm
  • Bristol – Friday 23 October, The Station, Bristol  – 12pm-5.30pm
  • Crawley – Friday 6 November, Crawley Library – 12pm-5.30pm
  • Milton Keynes – Friday 13 November, MK Gallery – 12pm-5.30pm

More information and to book 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register your free place, contact Hannah Jarman on 01273 245584 or nospacelike@gmail.com.

While this workshop is primarily aimed at anyone from the diaspora communities, it is open to anyone who feels displaced from their childhood home.

For more information about No Place Like Home, please see nowherelikehome.co.uk/. The project is also on Facebook & Twitter – get involved! 


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Part of Brighton Digital Festival

Literature Tent at Brighton Black History Month Family Day

Literature Tent at Brighton Black History Month Family Day

 

Literature Tent at Brighton Black History Month Family Day

We are pleased to be running a literature tent this Sunday 9 November 1-7pm at this year’s Black History Month Family Day event at Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange in Brighton. We are part of an action-packed programme brimming with free arts and cultural activity for all ages and walks of life. Very exciting!

Writers of all levels of experience including beginners or non writers are welcome to our events, which range from readings from local Black and ethnic minority writers, to a book club to free taster writing workshops. We will also have badge making (Who is your hidden hero?), calaveras (skull writing) workshop and arts and craft.

Check back here for more detail!

Time slot (30 mins each) Activity
1-1.30pm Creative writing workshop: Akila
1.30-2pm Writing your life story: Colin Grant
2.15-2.45pm Asian Book Club
3-3.30pm Reading & talk: Rounke Coker
3.30-4.30pm Drop in: Badgemaking & calaveras workshop
4.30-5pm Reading & talk: Stephanie Lam
5.15-5.45pm  Open Mic – open to all
5.45-6.15pm   Open Mic – open to all
Jacob Ross fiction writing masterclass – he’s back in Brighton!

Jacob Ross fiction writing masterclass – he’s back in Brighton!

Jacob Ross fiction writing masterclass

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study fiction writing with Caribbean acclaimed writer Jacob Ross on Saturday 30 November!

As soon as we put the autumn programme online, tickets started to go quickly so there are only a few places on this one-day fiction writing workshop.

Following on from Jacob’s recent workshop in Brighton, in this next workshop Jacob will be build on the work he did to examine the building blocks of stories and narrative and give participants opportunities to produce strong memorable narratives with practical exercises in the class.

IMG_2256Date: 30 November 2013
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE
Cost: £30

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Supported by National Lottery, Arts Council England, and Brighton & Hove Library Services

Jacob Ross was born in Grenada, is the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust  (1999).

His first novel, Pynter Bender was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2009 and the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has judged the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Tom-Gallon Award and Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize.

Jacob is also the Associate Fiction Editor for Peepal Tree Press and a tutor of Narrative Craft and the Fiction Editor for SABLE LitMag.

Latin Voices Live! festival starts today

Latin Voices Live! festival starts today at Jubilee Library with free bilingual storytelling for kids 11.30-1.30pm, plus face painting.

Come see the incredible decoration at the library all week, including a Borges tapestry across the whole front of the library, a tree of life decorated by Brighton school children and skeletons!

There’s lots of free and low cost activity for all ages in Brighton throughout the week:

  • Free bilingual storytelling at Jubilee Library for the kids on 2, 4, 9 November
  • A Day of the Dead adult only party at Brighton Museum on 7 November £5 advanced
  • Free all-ages family day on Saturday 9 November at Jubilee Library, Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome

We are pleased to present Chilean author Luis Munoz, who will be doing a special reading on 9 November, 3-4pm, from his memoir Being Luis: A Chilean Life. Luis was a political activist who was held prisoner and tortured by Pinochet’s government. He lived to tell the harrowing tale.

Copies of his book will be on sale for £10 each and your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable, inspiring story! Tickets £4/3 through Eventbrite. All proceeds from the ticket goes to a torture charity. https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk

To read the full programme for this year’s Latin Voices Live!, keep reading…..

We look forward to seeing you in the coming week!

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Poetry workshop with Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi. Photo by Paul Jackson
Patience Agbabi. Photo by Paul Jackson

 

Come learn the art and craft and poetry of one of the UK’s finest poets on Thursday 24 October, 1.30-3.30pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

The workshop is only £15/10. Book your place now https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk

Patience Agbabi’s poems have been broadcast on television and radio all over the world. Her work has also appeared on the London Underground and human skin. In 2004 she was nominated one of the UK’s Next Generation Poets. Continue reading →

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