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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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

BOOK NOW https://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

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.

Watch renowned Jacob Ross reading from his long-awaited first novel, Pynter Bender (4th Estate/Harper Collins). He was the only Caribbean nominee on the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize short list (Canada and Caribbean Best Book).

Jacob will be joining us for a talk and reading at Brighton’s legendary venue The Old Market on Friday 26 July and at Jubilee Library for a writers workshop on Saturday 27 July. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to hear and learn from one of our most legendary Caribbean authors. Get bargain tickets for Jacob Ross’s talk at The Old Market here!

Pynter Bender summary:

Set in and around the cane fields of Grenada in the Carribean ‘Pynter Bender’ is about the conflict between the world of men and women, men who walk away from their families and from the cane fields and their women who forbear. It brilliantly describes the birth of a modern West Indian island and the shaping of its people as they struggle to shuck off the systems that have essentially kept them in slavery for centuries.

Read a review here: www.jacobrossonline.com/The_Books/Pynter­_Bender/Pynter_Reviews/pynter_reviews.ht­ml


Reading and Reviewing Poetry With Fred D’Aguiar

logoWe’ve really pleased to be working again with the Sable/INSCRIBE programme to bring you a full day poetry workshop with Guyanese/British poet Fred D’Aguiar. The workshop includes an optional lunch with award-winning Guyanese poets John Agard and Grace Nichols

The workshop will take place on Saturday 22 June 2013, 11am-5pm at Jubilee Library, Brighton. To book your place on this Sable/INSCRIBE masterclass, go to  http://inscribewritingpoetryreviews.eventbrite.co.uk.

Writing Our Legacy members get a special discount price of £35. The price includes a copy of either John Agard’s new poetry book or Grace Nichols book for teenagers and a second new poetry book to be reviewed and published. Lunch with John Agard, Grace Nichols and Fred D’Aguiar is an optional extra at a nearby restaurant.

Here’s further information about the one-day workshop:

Reading and Reviewing Poetry With Fred D’Aguiar

Do you want to have a better understanding of reading and critiquing poetry? Do you want to know how to write good book reviews? This workshop unravels the ‘imagined mysteries’ of reading and writing about poetry.

This will be a practice-based masterclass that will guide your reading and your writing about poetry, with confidence. There will also be the optional opportunity to discuss poetry over lunch with Fred D’Aguiar and award-winning poets, John Agard and Grace Nichols. John Agard has a new publication, Travel Light, Travel Dark [Bloodaxe] and Grace Nichols has a new book for teenagers, Cosmic Disco [Frances Lincoln]. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant. All participants will receive a copy of Travel Light, Travel Dark before the Masterclass and given support post-session to write a poetry review for publication.

Fred D’Aguiar draws on his dual Guyanese/British heritage throughout his writing which incorporates poetry, novels and plays. Although born in London, he lived in Guyana until he was twelve before returning to England where the highly politicised atmosphere of the British black community of the 70s became a major influence on his work. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot, was published to great acclaim and was followed by a further four collections and a new and selected poems, An English Samplar, published in 2001. A new collection, titled The Rose of Toulouse, is out from Carcanet in May. His position between two cultures is reflected in the many prizes his work has won including the Guyana Poetry prize (twice) and the Whitbread First Novel Award. D’Aguiar teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at the Virginia Technical Institute and State University. He reviews poetry for Poetry London.

Jacob Ross headlines special finale event at The Old Market, Brighton on 26 July 2013

Jacob_headshot_400_266We are delighted to announce that Grenadian-born Jacob Ross will be our special author at our finale event on Friday 26 July 2013 at the Old Market. The event marks the end of our 2013/14 programme and we plan to go out in a bang, with readings, discussions, music and Caribbean food on the night, as well as special rum cocktails for sale at the bar. Continue reading →

BME superheroes to the rescue!

On Wednesday 10 October, children aged 5-12 can join James Parsons from Crazy Comic Club to create BME cartoon superheroes in this 90-minute workshop.

During the workshop we will be looking at examples of BME superheroes from popular comics, and investigating whether their ethnicity brings anything special to their personality and powers. We will cover all the ingredients that are necessary to make a superhero, and design our own awesome character whose costume, powers, and aims and objectives may reflect their culture. James will be on hand to provide expert drawing advice, and together we will create a new team of heroes in a mixture of pens, dipping pens, and ink – the tools of the professionals.

4pm, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton. Course: £3/2 advance from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk


This is the site for Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) literary community group Writing Our Legacy. We run events across Sussex that showcase emerging and established Black* writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities. Our site aims to keep you informed about our literature and spoken word programme, which is open to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

*Writing Our Legacy employs Mosaic’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

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