Our Writers of Colour Group recently launched Ceremony, a pamphlet of poetry and prose at the Scottish Poetry Library. The audience enjoyed performances by Pauline Jérémie, Bibi June, Archie Goyal, Etzali Hernández, Shehzar Doja, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Katalina Watt, Lisa Williams, and Nadine Aisha Jassat. Ceremony features poetry and prose from 15 writers, including the above readers plus Raman Mundair, Andrés N Ordorica, Jeda Pearl, Ning Cai, Hannah Lavery and Alycia Pirmohamed.
Launched Tuesday 15 October 2019, at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Buy Ceremony (£5)
The Writers of Colour group was started by Hannah Lavery and Alycia Pirmohamed. Find out when the next Writers of Colour group session is.
Courtney Stoddart was the first headliner for our Inky Fingers Residency, 04.02.20.
She is a singer, poet and performer and is passionate about dismantling hierarchy in all its forms. She intertwines elements of political, social and historical discussion into rhythm and rhyme, covering topics such as racism, colonialism, womanhood and growing up in Scotland.
BAME Writers Networking Event (Book Week Scotland)
Saturday 23 November 2019, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
In November 2019, the Scottish BAME Writers Network hosted its first networking event as part of Book Week Scotland 2019!
Approximately 50 people attended, with BAME/POC writers connecting with one another and with publishers, agents and booksellers. The event opened with the film poem Mother, written by Nadine Aisha Jassat and directed by Jinling Wu with music by Hannah Lee. Raman Mundair delivered an empowering Keynote address and we heard poetry from Murid L Keshtmand and Arun Sood, plus fiction from Lisa Williams.
The event included a ‘meet & greet’ for BAME-identifying persons only, followed by our readers presenting their work and a networking reception, where we aimed to bring together the literary community and work toward inclusive programming. We’d like to thank our readers, sponsors and volunteers and, of course, participants.
Sponsors and partners included the Scottish Book Trust, The Royal Society of Literature, Paisley Book Festival, Literature Alliance Scotland, the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh, Inky Fingers, Golden Hare Books, Extra Teeth, Shoreline of Infinity and Gutter.
BAME Writers in Scotland Panel (with croissants + coffee!)
In celebration of the BAME Writers’ Group pamphlet, Ceremony (Tapsalteerie Press), contributors Nadine Aisha Jassat, Andrés Nicolás Ordorica and Jeda Pearl each read a selection of their work and discussed being writers of colour in Scotland, chaired by Alycia Pirmohamed.
Friday 18 October 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.
St Vincent’s Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church, Saint Vincent Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6SW