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

Workshop Title: FULL OF LIFE: WRITING FICTION ON OLDER YEARS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Time: 11-4pm
Dates:  Sa 2 Dec 2017  - London
            and/or
            Sa 27 Jan 2018 - Leeds
Cost*: £15/£12conc
Venues: tbc

* A limited number of full/partial bursaries are available. Please write explaining your circumstances and the difference a full/partial bursary could make to your writing life.

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My St Lucia: Writer John Robert Lee

John Robert Lee is a Saint Lucian writer who has published several collections of poetry along with short stories and reviews, and is currently co-editing a book on St Lucian culture.

Yello spoke to John about his life, how being from St Lucia influences his work and what advice he has for budding Caribbean writers.

Read the interview in full.

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Courttia Newland and Nii Parkes at Black Book Swap November

Black Book Swap, London's premier event dedicated to the work of Black authors, returns on Saturday 18 November, from 12:30 -  4:45pm. 

Join BBS for its 10th event!

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#metoo: Shivanee Ramlochan on the inspirations behind her collection

In the wake of public discussions around sexual abuse and the value of speaking out about these experiences (#metoo), Shivanee Ramlochan writes about the inspirations behind her collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting in the T&T Guardian.

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A letter from Loretta Collins Klobah

Last month we wrote an open letter of support to everyone affected by Irma and Maria. We were very pleased to receive this handwritten letter from Loretta Collins Klobah sent by courier from Puerto Rico.

We are still without electricity and water… It looks as if the entire island has been bombed. Every street has extraordinary damage and debris.

A few of the impressive sights so far:

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Equinet - Celebrating BHM with Dorothea Smartt

Mon 23 October 2017
09:30 – 18:00
London South Bank University, Keyworth Centre, 8th Floor
Keyworth St
London
SE1 6NG

(Book online)

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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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The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

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Confluence and Convergence: An interview (of sorts) with John Robert Lee

In The Town Crier magazine, John Robert Lee talks about ekphrastic poetry and the multiple ways of perceiving and knowing in art-making.

"[...] discovery of convergences is essential to all art-making including of course, writing poetry. And what makes poetry accessible to readers from one’s own culture and those who are strangers to it, is that the writer seeks to find points of conflux, human commonalities (even across time), with which the reader can identify, even though the specific details may be unfamiliar."

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Minoli Salgado in Karachi

Minoli Salgado will be in Karachi on 14 October at the PHEC Conference 2017: 'The Inheritance of Injustice' at Habib University.

She will be talking on 'Writing Wrongs: Literary Reflections on Testimony and Trauma in Sri Lanka' and giving readings alongside novelist and lecturer, Dr Sabyn Javeri.

They will be selling copies of A Little Dust on the Eyes.

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