Writeidea Prize launches today

Writeidea Prize launches today

Writeidea Prize launches today

First Prize: £500  |  Five finalists’ prizes:  £100 each
and Tower Hamlets Prize: £500      

The Writeidea Prize is a new national short story prize. The six finalists and local winner will be invited to read their stories alongside the judge, Alex Wheatle, at the Writeidea Festival on Sunday 16 November 2014 at 2:00pm.


Judge: Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels including Brixton Rock and Brenton Brown. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.  Here’s Alex talking about his work and the Writeidea Festival.

Length: Stories must be a maximum of 4,000 words (no minimum).

Closing date: 31 July 2014

Entry fee: £5.00

For more details visit writeideafestival.org/short-story-competition/
Twitter @writeideafest

Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

 print_innervisionsposterEvery writer has their own special soundtrack that inspires them, whether it’s the music that they listened to in their teens or the music that gets them in that calm and chilled out place as an adult. Well, we’ve got a night that will get you inspired to write, read and rock n roll all at the same time.

We are working with Crawley Black History Foundation to produce a special event called Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, which is part of the Crawley Wordfest, a two-week long festival that takes place in Crawley from 16 to 28 March 2013.

The night runs on 20 March 7.30 to 9pm and is free entry, with world cuisine food and drink (wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverage) for sale.

Update: Authentic Caribbean food from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen will be on sale on the night. Jerk chicken and vegetable curry plates will be on sale for £6 each, accompanied by rice, salad and more.

I’m really thrilled that we are returning to the fab Crawley Library to do another unique event that makes writing and literature, in all its different shapes and sizes, fun and accessible to a wide range of audiences, showcasing local Black and ethnic minority talent.

For this event, we’ve got historian and author Colin Grant reading from &I, The Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers and talking about the music that informed his book: ska, reggae and the mento that fuelled the music of Jamaica.

We’ve also also got the totally compelling Rounke Coker, a Nigerian writer and storyteller, who will be writing a new short story based on the influence of Western music in Nigeria in decades past, with Bob Marley’s music playing a prominent role. Expect to laugh your socks off!

Gregory Dax will be performing, playing popular Black music taking you through the decades. Set to be an inspiring and intimate night.

Presented by Crawley Black History Foundation & Writing Our Legacy  as part of Crawley Wordfest

Inner Visions, Wednesday 20 March, 7.30-9pm. With Colin Grant, Rounke Coker and Gregory Dax. Catering from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen, with plates at £6. Drinks for sale. To book your free place, go to http://crawleyinnervisions.eventbrite.co.uk

Rounke Coker reads at Writing Our Legacy/Afrikaba event, Hastings Museum

This Friday, Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker delighted us with this story, set in Lagos, about a main character’s brother who has a strange fascination with insects, animals and particularly a pet crocodile. The story is rich in detail, aliveness and a visceral sense of language – as well as being plain damn funny.

The evening’s reading was set in the captivating Hastings Museum – a place highly recommended for a visit. The event, partnered with local African festival of arts and culture, Afrikaba, also featured Kent poet superstar Patience Agbabi, who is on the brink of publication for new work, tentatively titled Canterbury Remix….watch this space. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this incredible story from Rounke, who we are sure to hear again at future readings in Sussex (14 October, Nightingale Theatre)….and read in print very soon.

Rounke Coker  – Friday 5 October, Hastings Museum – Part 1
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Rounke Coker – Friday 5 October, Hastings Museum – Part 2
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