New Year’s Resolutions, get published in 2019!

New Year’s Resolutions, get published in 2019!

If getting your writing published in 2019 is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, we have some exciting opportunities for you to apply to this Spring.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with writer Dr Katy Massey, who is putting together a second anthology as part of her ‘Who Are We Now? project, which explores life stories since the Brexit referendum. You must be a workshop participant to take part – the next workshop will take place in January, so don’t miss out!

Spotlight Books is a chance for fiction and poetry writers to get their own book published, through a joint project by Creative Futures, New Writing South and Myriad Editions. Deadline is 24 February 2019.

Last but not least, we are thrilled to launch our first book publication in 2019, Hidden Sussex, an anthology of the BME experience of Sussex. The anthology invites submissions of short stories, flash fiction, fiction, life writing/autobiography, poetry, or prose. You can enter up to 3 pieces per category and you may enter as many categories as you like. We are running writing workshops across Sussex to help you with your writing and get inspired. Editors are Umi Sinha, Colin Grant and Dean Atta, and we are working in partnership with WordFactory. Deadline is 17 March 2019.

We’d love to see your writing in print, read on and then get involved!


‘Hidden Sussex’ and ‘Who are we now?’ present a Life Writing Workshop with publishing opportunities

Saturday 26 January 2019
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
11am-1.30pm
Tickets £10 or £5 concession

‘Who are we now?’ A project by Dr Katy Massey has been running life writing workshops across the country, inviting attendees to write about their personal experiences of the changing political landscape since the Brexit referendum.

‘Hidden Sussex’ is a project by Writing Our Legacy exploring Sussex from a BME perspective.

Workshop participants will be invited to submit their work to be included in the second Who Are We Now? anthology and/or the Hidden Sussex anthology.

These two projects invite you to a life writing workshop to explore this most accessible of forms, and to begin or refine your work for submission to one or both of the projects.

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Spotlight Books 

Small books, big ideas–we’re looking for a few good writers.

Inventive.  Hidden.  Compelling.  Unrecognised.  Challenging.  Unheard.  Beautiful.  Ambitious.

Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.

We’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page).  Six writers will be selected, supported to polish their manuscripts and further their careers, and be published in individual short books.

Deadline: 24 February 2019

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Hidden Sussex anthology 2019 

Writing Our Legacy is thrilled to announce its first print and digital publication, Hidden Sussex, an anthology about the Sussex experience from the Black and ethnic minority perspective. Our aim is to reinvent Sussex Day, which is celebrated in Sussex on 16 June. 

For the Hidden Sussex anthology, we are looking for writing of all kinds – from fiction to poetry, and from prose to memoir – that is inspired by the experience of living, working and playing in Sussex. For us, Sussex stretches across East and West Sussex, from Chichester to Hastings, and from Crawley to Brighton.

Deadline: Sunday 17 March 2019 at midnight.

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More information about writing workshops

Diverse Sussex | Creative writing workshop – 24 October 2018

Diverse Sussex | Creative writing workshop – 24 October 2018

Come join a taster creative writing workshop and get tips on how to write your own Sussex-inspired story, whether that’s a true life story or a piece of fiction or poetry.

Our experienced writing teacher Umi Sinha will give you some guidance to help you get started.

Suitable for beginners, open to all levels.

Date: Wed 24 October, 5-7pm

Venue: New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, BN1 1UT Brighton

£10 | £5 concession for unemployed, low waged, OAP, students (please bring proof of concession)

£19 for combined workshop & event (save £1)

We have a few free spaces subsidised if you cannot afford to pay – please email us on info@writingourlegacy.org.uk

Tickets from eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-taster-workshop-24-october-tickets-50737427010

Olumide Poopola & others – 24 October 2018, Brighton

Olumide Poopola & others – 24 October 2018, Brighton

“If grime music were a novel, it would be this.”

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to present Nigerian-German writer Olumide Popoola, whose critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing, published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017, has been making massive waves around the world.

Set on the eve of the 2011 London riots, the novel captures the experience of two Black teens growing up at Kings Cross and captures “what it means to be young, black and queer in London”.

This is Olumide’s first Brighton reading from her novel.

The event will take place on Wed 24 October 7.30pm-9.30pm at New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT.

We also very pleased to present on the evening two amazing Sussex based writers: Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker and hip hip poet Spliff Richards.

Come hungry for words, music and stories.

We will also have music from Fever2Ray (African Night Fever).

Copies of author books will be for sale.

Light refreshments and wine by donation will also be on hand.

Limited capacity so early booking highly advised.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite:

  • £6 early bird & concessions (plus fee)
  • £10 general admission (plus fee)

eventbrite.co.uk/e/olumide-poopola-others-diverse-sussex-brighton-tickets-50738436028

London-based Nigerian-German Olumide Popoola is a writer and speaker. Her publications include essays, poetry, the novella this is not about sadness (Unrast, 2010), the play text Also by Mail (edition assemblage, 2013), the short collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes (Peirene Press, 2016), as well as recordings in collaboration with musicians.
In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry, the first Black German Literary Award. Olumide has a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities.
Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017 in the UK and Nigeria, and t in the US in April 2018. She curated Berlin’s (Germany) inaugural African Literary festival, Writing in Migration, in April 2018.
Diverse Sussex Eastbourne programme – 8 – 22 November 2018

Diverse Sussex Eastbourne programme – 8 – 22 November 2018

From an ancient African woman found on Beachy Head, World War I Afro-Caribbean and Indian Soldiers to notable Sussex’s figures past and present such as John Agard, Grace Nicholls and Sarah Forbes Bonetta, DIVERSE SUSSEX honours the hidden diversity of Eastbourne’s people and culture.

The programme will run from 8-22 November 2018 at DC1 Cafe & Gallery in Eastbourne.

Diverse Sussex Eastbourne includes a preview of the exhibition Constructed Geographies, a group show of 7 artists that each approach the theme differently. The exhibition will travel around Sussex in spring 2019.

The aim of the Diverse Sussex Eastbourne programme is to honour and celebrate Eastbourne’s rich cultural heritage and diverse communities in the area, where over 50 different languages are spoken in the Devonshire Ward of Eastbourne, where the DC1 Gallery is based.

The programme is part of a wider project seeking to capture people’s stories about coming to or growing up in Sussex and will form the first Hidden Sussex anthology, due to be published in June 2019 and supported by Arts Council England.

Produced by Writing Our Legacy, with support from Heritage Eastbourne, Brighton & Hove Black History, African Night Fever, Diversity Lewes, Take The Space and This Too Is Real.

Funded by Devonshire West Big Local and Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.

The address for all activity is:  DC1 Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL


Preview: Constructed Geographies

Artists Josef Cabey, Amanda Jobson, Rikki Tarascas, and Judith Ricketts

Free exhibition

Thurs 8 – Thurs 22 Nov

Open Tues-Sat 11am-5pm

 

Black History displays

Black and Asian Soldiers during WW1

Time and Place project about NHS nurses in Sussex in 1950s and 1960s.

Free display

Thurs 8 – Thurs 22 Nov

Open Tues-Sat 11am-5pm


Weekly artist talks, workshops and evening events

All events will take place at DC1 Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL.

Tickets will be sold online through Eventbrite or in person from DC1 Cafe & Gallery. 

Thurs 8 November 5-6pm

Constructed Geographies Artist Talk

£3 entry, free for Devonshire West residents

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/constructed-geographies-artist-talk-diverse-sussex-eastbourne-tickets-50571327201

 

Thurs 8 November 7-9pm

Launch event with DJ & food

DJ Task (African Night Fever) & food

£5 entry, free for Devonshire West residents & children under 16

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-diverse-sussex-eastbourne-tickets-50572273030

 

Sat 10 Nov 11am-1pm

Creative writing taster workshop with Umi Sinha

£5, free for Devonshire West residents

12 spaces max – 5 free places for DW residents

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-sussex-creative-writing-taster-workshop-tickets-50572413450

 

 

 

Sat 10 Nov 1-3pm  

WW1 Indian soldiers talk by Brighton & Hove Black History

£3 entry, free for Devonshire West residents

Tickets on sale from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/ww1-indian-soldiers-talk-tickets-50572743437

 

Sat 10 Nov 3-5pm 

Mask workshop with Rikki Tarascas

£5, free for Devonshire West residents

10 places max – 5 free reserved for residents

Tickets  from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/mask-workshop-with-rikki-tarascas-tickets-50614877461

 

 

 

Fri 16 Nov 7-9pm 

Diverse Sussex social

Fever2Ray (African Night Fever) + food 

£5 entry, free for Devonshire West residents & children under 16

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/diverse-sussex-eastbourne-social-16-november-tickets-50576746410

Wed 21 Nov 6-8pm 

Creative writing taster workshop with Umi Sinha

£5, free for Devonshire West residents

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-sussex-creative-writing-taster-workshop-21-november-tickets-50572884860

 

 

 

Thurs 22 Nov 7-8.30pm

Beachy Head Lady talk

With Constructed Geographies artist Amanda Jobson

Jo Seaman, Heritage Manager, Eastbourne Borough Council

Jenny Williams, Director, Take the Space

£5, free for Devonshire West residents

Tickets from Eventbrite eventbrite.co.uk/e/beachy-head-lady-talk-tickets-50577041292

 

 

 

 

 


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Diverse Sussex – Hastings

Join us for a free community event to bring everyone together for a fun evening of music, food, art, children’s activity and literature.

Come have a taste of:
* Spoken word & poetry performance
* Live African, Latin & reggae music – DJ Fever2Ray (African Night Fever)
* Afro-Caribbean food
* Oral history & creative writing taster- share your story
* Children’s arts & craft
* BME heritage displays
* And more exciting things to be announced shortly

Our event will take place on Sunday 9 September 1-3pm at DC1 Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL.

PLUS…..
Contribute your stories & memory to a community anthology about Hidden Sussex.
Bring a photo of your earliest memories of your life in Sussex and share your stories and memories.

A FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
* You must book a free ticket to receive a plate of food. Max 30 plates, first come first serve.
* Pay bar available (cash/card).
* The venue is fully accessible – there is a lift to both floors and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet.
* Please contact us if you have any special mobility, dietary or language needs. Please contact us if you need more than 2 tickets. Our email is  info@writingourlegacy.org.uk.

Tickets

Book your free place: https://onlineticketseller.com/events/?id=1601

Produced by Writing Our Legacy in partnership with African Night Fever

Supported by East Sussex County Council Stronger Communities Fund

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Diverse Sussex – Eastbourne

Diverse Sussex – Eastbourne

Join us for a free community event to bring everyone together for a fun evening of music, food, art, children’s activity and literature.

Come have a taste of:
* Spoken word & poetry performance – Umi Sinha & Oluwafemi Hughes-Jonas
* Live African, Latin & reggae music – DJ Fever2Ray (African Night Fever)
* Jamaican food – Bready Delights
* Oral history & creative writing taster- share your story
* Children’s arts & craft
* BME heritage displays
* And more exciting things to be announced shortly

Our event will take place on Friday 31 August 6-8pm at DC1 Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL.

PLUS…..
Contribute your stories & memory to a community anthology about Hidden Sussex.
Bring a photo of your earliest memories of your life in Sussex and share your stories and memories.

A FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
* You must book a free ticket to receive a plate of food. Max 30 plates, first come first serve.
* Pay bar available (cash/card).
* The venue is fully accessible – there is a lift to both floors and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet.
* Please contact us if you have any special mobility, dietary or language needs. Please contact us if you need more than 2 tickets. Our email is  info@writingourlegacy.org.uk.

 

Tickets

Book your free place: eventbrite.co.uk/e/diverse-sussex-eastbourne-exploring-celebrating-sussex-heritage-culture-tickets-48893058454

Join the event on Facebook: facebook.com/events/2137213606521057/

Produced by Writing Our Legacy in partnership with African Night Fever

Supported by East Sussex County Council Stronger Communities Fund

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Call out for Poets of Colour for Waterloo Press mentoring & publishing scheme

Brighton & Hove based publisher Waterloo Press invite submissions for LIT-UP, their new Arts Council England-funded mentoring and publishing scheme for emerging poets of colour. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.

The two-year project will provide 10 poets with a digital platform on their new website as well as the necessary mentoring and editorial support to produce a pamphlet or poetry collection, all to be celebrated with a live closing event in the Spring of 2020.

Waterloo Press encourages submissions from faith, LGBTQI, disability, Roma, working class and/or additional perspectives.

There is no age restriction (from 18+) and no entry fee. Poets should have a track record of publishing and/or performing, and a portfolio at least 20 publishable poems.

  1. In the first instance please contact LIT-UP Project Manager Monika Richards on akilalive@gmail.com and request the application form for completion, stating LIT-UP in the subject line.
  2. Along with the completed form, submit up to 5 poems in no more than 8 pages in a pdf format. Each poem must be single spaced (except for stanza breaks) and start on a new page. Font type must be 12. Please do not write your name on the poetry pages. Please number and state LIT-UP! in your header/footer on each page. State your name and LIT-UP in the subject line of the email.
  3. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.
  4. The shortlist will be decided by 15 September.
  5. Shortlisted poets will be asked to submit a further 15 – 45 poems. The final decision and the successful 10 poets will be announced on 15 Oct.
Diverse Sussex: Lewes

Diverse Sussex: Lewes

Join us for a free community event to bring everyone together for a fun afternoon of music, food, art, children’s activity and literature.

Come have a taste of:
* Spoken word & poetry performance
* Live PA & DJ – DJ Task
*Singing from Alison David
* Afro-Caribbean food – free
* Creative writing taster
* Oral history
* Children’s arts & craft
* And more exciting things to be announced shortly

PLUS…..
Contribute your stories & memory to a community anthology about Hidden Sussex

In honour of Windrush70, we are hoping to create a new community anthology about the people of Sussex. Bring a photo of your earliest memories of your life in Sussex and share your stories and memories.

Book your free place today eventbrite.co.uk/e/diverse-sussex-exploring-celebrating-sussex-heritage-culture-tickets-47889330276

A FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME

Produced by Writing Our Legacy & Diversity Lewes, in partnership with African Night Fever

Supported by East Sussex County Council Stronger Communities Fund

MORE EVENTS TO COME LATER THIS AUTUMN

 

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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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