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SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 - submissions open!

Entries are currently being accepted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, the biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women!

With patrons including Monica Ali and Bernadine Evaristo, the prize aims to celebrate the voices of Black and Asian female writers in the U.K., and address the under-representation of these women in U.K. publishing.

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Feedback from Inscribe masterclass with Nii Parkes

Our last Inscribe masterclass, which took place at Commonword in Manchester, was a roaring success. Nii Ayikwei Parkes led participants in developing poetry that engaged with the theme of our upcoming anthology, Filigree. The results were surprising and showed a wide variety of responses to the theme.

Feedback from the city was also really positive. We're sharing it here.

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Inscribe Poetry Masterclass with Kadija George: Filigree

An exciting oppportunity to craft your poetry with Kadija Sesay, the award-winning co-editor of Filigree, a new anthology of contemporary Black British poetry. Under her sure hand you will create potential submissions for this new anthology, which will be published by Peepal Tree Press in Spring 2017.

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Slideshow from the Leeds Inscribe meet-up with Nii Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes joined a group of our Inscribe-supported writers in Leeds to discuss submissions for our forthcoming anthology, Filigree.

Filigree will follow on from our groundbreaking anthologies Red and Closure. There's still time to submit to the anthology, so make sure you check out the submission guidelines.

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Degna Stone - Poet in Residence at Northern Poetry Library

Everyone at Inscribe would like to offer our congratulations to Degna Stone on her recent appointment as a poet-in-residence at the Northern Poetry Library.

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Mahsuda Snaith on diversity in publishing

Inscribe supported writer and SI Leeds Literary Prize-winner Mahsuda Snaith recently wrote on the topic of diversity in publishing at The Writers' Workshop.

Diversity in publishing has been a hot topic in industry for some time, not least because we had a good old yell about it over on Agent Hunter. But, despite some much overdue attention, very little has changed. Publishing was and is a very white, middle-class, metropolitan industry. Yes, it’s very welcoming of women – but black voices? Asian voices? Gay and lesbian voices?

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Readers and Writers Group: Caribbean writing in the 1960s and 1970s

Join the Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers group for our next meeting. Following on from his first session, where we looked at early Caribbean literature and its precursors,  Peepal Tree's Managing Editor, Jeremy Poynting will be talking about at the huge explosion of Caribbean writing in the 1960s and 1970s, using lots of examples from both fiction and poetry. The session will be informal, is designed to provoke debate and discussion, and will give you lots of ideas for taking your reading and writing further! 

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Arts Council England awards Lynne E. Blackwood grant to finish novel

We're happy to see that Arts Council England is supporting Lynne E. Blackwood as she finishes the manuscript for her novel. Lynne, part of our Inscribe cohort, writes,

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Filigree masterclass with Nii Parkes - save the date!

Sat 20 Feb 2016 11-4pm
Commonword/Cultureword
No. 3 Planetree House
21-31 Oldham Street
Manchester M1 1JG
(entrance via buzzer marked number 3.)
0161 832 3777
Price: £15 or £12 (concessions & Inscribers)
(Book tickets)

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Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group with Malika Booker

Following on from our last great meeting, led by Khadijah Ibrahiim, we're pleased to announce the Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group workshop will be led by poet and tutor Malika Booker. Saturday 16th Jan 4.00pm - 6.00pm. 

This session will be full of practical techniques for writers - participants will leave the workshop with a map full of ideas for future work as well as a first draft.

 

Topic: Writing from life experiences.

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