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Akila Richards turns Closure short story into promising new play

'Secret Chamber', an original short story published by Peepal Tree Press in the Closure anthology has been adapted by Inscribe-supported writer Akila Richards into a theatre script directed by Kerri McLean. The development phase included an intensive phase of producing a final draft script, a week of rehearsals, and a scratch performance at Purple Playhouse, Hove.

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The Poetry School courses with Maya Chowdhry and Adam Lowe

Inscribe-supported writers Maya Chowdhry and Adam Lowe will both be leading courses in Manchester for The Poetry School.

Digital Poetry with Maya Chowdhry
Drawing on visual poetic forms this course will explore how electronic literature can use, and expand, language to create digital forms, such as Hypertext and Data Poetry. Book here.

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Full of Life: Writing Fiction on Older Years in the 21st Century

Time: 11-4pm
Dates:   Saturday 2 Dec 2017 - London
             and
             Saturday 27 Jan 2018 - Leeds
Cost*:   £15/£12conc
Venues: London: Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX (Kentish Town tube station)
              and
              Leeds: East Street Arts, Union 105, 105 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 3HY

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Commission Call Out: Eclipse and Slate

Created by Black artists for Black artists.

Talented. Provocative. Innovating. Entertaining. Brave. Based in the North* and Black**.

Slate is a three-year movement supporting Black artists in the North to work on a local, national and international level. Born from a consultancy with Black artists across the region and led by Eclipse, this programme is designed to help you build a stronger, more visible practice locally, nationally and internationally.

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Unions and professional services for writers

As writers, most of us will be freelance and self-employed. That can be a very lonely state of affairs, but when you add in problems with cashflow, late payment and legal advice, being a writer can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself and help secure your rights.

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News from Lynne E. Blackwood

It seems Inscribe-supported writer Lynne E. Blackwood is onto a winning streak! Lynne will be appearing at The Asian Writer Festival, 21 October 2017, where she will read her shortlisted story from The Asian Writer Prize and Dividing Lines anthology. She was also Highly Commended for the Leicester Writes Prize and figures in their anthology from Dahlia Books (launched in June).

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Not White Enough, Not Asian Enough – or a Square Peg Seeking a Square Hole

by Lynne E. Blackwood

I hate boxes. I hate being put in a box, being defined by restrictions and having labels stuck on my forehead. I hate being prejudged as a person and as a writer.

My view of the world when setting out on this literary journey was one of wide-reaching acceptation. I thought I would be stepping into a community where each interacted with the other without prejudice. This is what my father taught me as a child. How wrong I was.

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Freeing the Natural Voice

Words by Maya Chowdhry
Headline image from Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain Licence)

I was very excited to be selected by Ledbury Poetry Festival to attend the Linklater method voice-coaching workshop, funded by The Fenton Arts Trust, after Peepal Tree Press put me forward for the scheme. So off I went into the deep green of Herefordshire.

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Towards a writer's utopia?

by Adam Lowe

Recently, I was invited to a literary 'sandpit' event. Various writers and professionals from the literary sphere got together to discuss the workings of our literary ecology, how we make a living from our writing (or the things attached to it, such as publishing, literary festivals and workshops) and, interestingly enough, what a universal basic income (UBI) might mean for writers. It was this last issue which is the topic for consideration today.

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Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster Reads Poetry and Delivers Workshops at Mboka Festival, Gambia, 2017

The SABLE Literary Festival is part of the brilliant new collaboration - the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport, 7-17 January 2017 - in warm and delightful Gambia. Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof.

In my role as the first Sable Poet-in-Residence, I was invited to read and deliver workshops. It was an honour and complete privilege. However, I was forewarned I would be worked very hard and indeed I was.

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