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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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Malika Booker at Kendal Poetry Festival

Sat 17 Jun | 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £8

Malika Booker, dynamic performer, focuses on Caribbean culture, home and the art of storytelling. She will be joined by Katrina Naomi - a widely-published, wonderfully engaging poet, translator, critic, mentor praised by Vicki Feaver for her ‘cool and fierce eye’. Dove Cottage Young Poets Hannah Hodgson and Bella Matarewicz will be performing at this event.

Venue: Abbot Hall
Max: 60

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Maya Chowdhry joins Linklater workshops at Ledbury

Maya Chowdhry has been offered a place on Ledbury Poetry Festival's fully funded Linklater method voice-coaching workshop for new poets. The brief is to fill the gap between publishing and performance, where a poet has the writing skills, but not necessarily the performance skills to deliver their poetry to an audience. The poet will have published at least their first collection, and have had some foray into performing at festivals or events.

Feedback from previous workshops has been overwhelmingly positive:

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Too cold for poets to sing: the life of Una Marson

Thursday 8 June 2017, 7pm to 8.30pm
Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Historian S.I. Martin and Inscribe-supported poet Patricia Foster bring Una Marson’s story to life.

FREE – but advance booking is essential via Eventbrite.

Part of Rhyme and Reason, Southwark Libraries Festival of Poetry and Music.

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Digital storytelling tools for writers

As writers, we're often looking for tools to help us write, or to help others in the pursuit of telling good stories. Luckily, Tech & Learning has a great list of 50 sites and apps for digital storytelling. Hopfully these will be of use!

Image: Pixabay

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Indenture to Windrush: Invisible Passengers of Two Imperial Migrations

Date: 12 May 2017, 18.30-20.30
Venue: The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets: £7.50, £5.00 concessions (senior citizens, students and unwaged)
Twitter: @PoCoSaS
Event supported by the University of London's John Coffin fund

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News from Lynne E. Blackwood

Inscribe-supported writer Lynne E. Blackwood was shortlisted for the Asian Writer competition. Her story appears in the anthology, Dividing Lines, published by Dahlia Books. There will be a launch with Bidisha at Birmingham LitFest this coming weekend and there will be an autumn event in London where she will be reading her story.

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Triskele Book Club discusses The Bone Readers

In this month's Triskele Book Club, Catriona Troth talks to four authors about their response to The Bone Readers: Michelle Innis, Kit Habianic, JJ Marsh and Gillian E Hamer...

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Peepal Tree authors at The Northern Short Story Festival 2017

The Northern Short Story Festival 2017, Saturday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

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Changes to Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Regrettably we've had to change tutor for our fiction weekend, now re-named CRAFTING FICTION.

However I'm sure you'll agree that our new guest tutor ROMESH GUNESEKERA will be very special, fire you up, and put you through your paces!

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