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.
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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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.

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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
Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne

Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne

 

Latin Voices Live! 2014

November brings the usual assortment of ghoulish treats, and what better way to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos than to join a traditional Latin celebration, with a modern twist?

This year, we are pleased to be involved with two events – MEXSAS’s Dia De Muertos on 30 October at Sussex University campus and Ghost Worlds on Friday 28 November at Eastbourne’s Towner.

MEXSAS Dia De Muertos

Thursday 30 October 2014
Sussex University, Mandella Hall (Falmer House)

Music, culture, dance, food, this Sussex University society party has it all. Performances will take place from Pollito Boogaloo, dance performance by Eduardo Santiago’s Atlachinolli Pre-hispanic Aztec Dance Group. Plus face painting, Latin readings and Mexican food including the traditional Pan de Muertos. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

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Ghost Worlds

Friday 28 November 2014
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

Latin DJ party, ghost stories, workshops, talks and films explore photography, cinema and the uncanny across 2 floors at Towner. With a nod to Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, the night will also bring to life ghost worlds through arts & craft, face painting and decor.

  • Spooky storytelling from Umi Sinha, Tara Gould & others in a candle-lit room
  • Latin DJ set from Portuguese DJ AndreiA (http://www.mixcloud.com/andreiabambo/)
  • Facepainting in Day of the Dead style or other Halloween ghouls
  • Plus a specially decorated Mexican ofrenda (altar) to honour the dead

Curated by Amy Zamarripa Solis (Grit Lit , Writing Our LegacyLatin Voices Live!) in partnership with Mexican Students Society at Sussex (MEXSAS)

Tickets now on sale £6/£5 conc./£4.50 members
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Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Luis Muñoz reads from memoir

We are honoured to have Luis Muñoz, a former Chilean activist who survived arrest and torture during Pinochet’s regime and then authored his harrowing account in his autobiography Being Luis; A Chilean Life (Impress Books).

Luis will read from his book at Jubilee Library, during the Latin Voices Live! Family Day event and answer questions from the audience. Luis will be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale. Tickets for the reading are £4/3 and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Date: Saturday 9 November 2013
Time: TBC
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE
Cost: £4/3

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Mother Tongue, 24 October, Brighton

Spliff Richard, Countdown Social Club, 2010. Photo: Paul Jackson
Spliff Richard, Countdown Social Club, 2010. Photo: Paul Jackson

Come join an evening of some of the South East’s finest poets, rappers & storytellers on Thursday 24 October, 5-7 at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

The event features acclaimed poet Patience Agbabi and Mrisi Shrapnel, Spliff Richard, plus authors from the Ink on My Lips anthology, soon to bepublished on Brighton-based Waterloo Press.

Free entry, plus free wine from Barefoot wine. Benjie’s Caribbean Kitchen’s will be selling plates of Caribbean food for £7 – pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment.  Continue reading →

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

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There’s No Place Like Home – free creative writing workshop with Umi Sinha

Umi Sinha with former student and author David Nwokedi. Photo: Jodi Stelzer
Umi Sinha with former student and author David Nwokedi. Photo: Jodi Stelzer

 

We are delighted to bring back the talented and inspiring storyteller, writer and creative writing teacher Umi Sinha to lead a series of free creative writing workshops in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library Service called There’s No Place Like Home.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 12 October at Jubilee Library, 12-1pm and 2-3pm in the library Conference Room and are based on the themes of Home and Displacement.
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