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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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News from Minoli Salgado

Minoli Salgado's short story 'Heart' was recently translated into Russian and published in Moscow in an edited volume Under the Skies of South Asia: Territory and Belonging by Anna Bochkovskaya. Congrats, Minoli!

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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

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Africa Writes: R.A.P Party

Friday 30 June
19:30 - 23:00

A poetry night unlike any you’ve been to before. Africa Writes opens with a Rhythm and Poetry Party - a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs. Featuring Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Fatimah Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, Rachel Long, Roger Robinson, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams and DJ Sid Mercutio. Followed by a set of afrobeats, funk, house and afro-influenced sounds from across the world. Expect your head to nod and your heart to move.

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Minoli Salgado in Turkey

Narratives of Trauma Symposium 10-12 May Ege University, Izmir. Readings and Paper: ‘Narrating and Unnarrating the Cambodian Genocide’. For more information, visit http://css.ege.edu.tr

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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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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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