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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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Mahsuda Snaith launches The Things We Thought We Knew

Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith will be launching her amazing new book, The Things We Thought We Knew at Waterstones in Leicester, on Tuesday 13th of June.

If you'd like to come along, please e-mail Mahsuda's publisher, Penguin Random House, details below

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Call for writers from the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, are looking for submissions from writers whose heritage includes the experience of indentured labour.

The anthology (title tbc) will include poetry, nonfiction and fiction and will be published in 2018 by the School of Advanced Study to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of indentured labour. Twenty of the 52 countries of the Commonwealth were affected by indentured labour migration in the twentieth century. The anthology will explore and be shaped by the legacy of indentured labour.

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International ME Awareness Day: Productivity tips for writers

Today is International ME Awareness Day. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a complex multisystem disorder which causes symptoms such as post-exertional malaise (delayed illness and exacerbation of symptoms several days after activity of any kind), brain fog (problems with concentration and focus), orthostatic problems (light-headedness, dizziness), muscle and joint pain (the mylagia part), widespread inflamation (the -itis part), sensitivity to light and sound, disturbed sleep cycles, food and chemical sensitivities, and irritable bowel symptoms, among many others.

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The Body Narratives: Literary Brunch Club with Louisa Adjoa Parker, Hana Riaz and Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Date: 21st May 2017, 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Print Works Kitchen 20-26 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SX
printworkskitchen.co.uk

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Upcoming poetry and fiction weekenders

Book onto our writing retreats for some hands-on guidance of your work! Places are filling up fast.

Crafting Fiction: Inscribe Fiction Weekender 2-4 June 2017 at Debden House. Check out our fiction weekender. 

Mind the Gap: Inscribe Poetry Weekender 9-11 June 2017 at Debden House. Check out our poetry weekender.

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Bearing my teeth

by Maya Chowdhry

Recently I attended the Bare Lit Festival at Toynbee Studios in the East End of London. It describes itself as “a new literature festival by and for writers of colour”. #POC isn't my favourite term for us, but I decided to go along and challenge myself to find out why in 2017, when I’ve been writing professionally since 1989, we still need such a festival (I do actually know the answer to this, but for the purposes of this blog post imagine I don’t).

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