White and yellow text on a black and red background. Text: SBWN at Granite Noir. 22 February: Masterclass with Ram V. 6:30pm, online. 24 February: Panel discussion on BPOC speculative fiction, horror and noir writing as resistance. 9:00pm, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

SBWN at Granite Noir – 22 February and 24 February 2024

Join us on 22rd and 24th February at this year’s Granite Noir festival!

We have a few data (£7), caregiver/childcare (£30) and travel (£20) bursaries for participants on low incomes – please email us at scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com if you will need a bursary to attend, and we’ll do our best to help.

All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy. You can learn more about our policy here.

Background image: a rainy, empty street at night. Black and white photo of an Indian man with long hair and glasses. Text: Through Broken Windows: Intro to Crime Writing. Thurs 22 February. 6:30pm, Online. For Black writers and writers of colour, in collaboration with Granite Noir. Writing masterclass with Ram V.

We’re excited to be showcasing an amazing lineup of writers of colour at Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s festival of crime writing!

On 22rd February, 6:30-8:00pm, we’ll be hosting an online masterclass in crime writing for Black writers and writers of colour, led by Ram V.

The best crime writing reflects our shared socio-political fears in ways that we can’t look away from. In this masterclass, award-winning comics author Ram V leads you through writing these fears while staying true to your voice and ethos as a writer of colour. Be ready to get under the establishment’s skin, shed some blood (on the page, of course), and discover new avenues for your creativity!

Tickets are £7.50 and are available from the Aberdeen Performing Arts website here

Read on below to learn more about Ram.

Register for our masterclass here

Graphic with headshots of Zebib K. Abraham, Amira Al Shanti, Katalina Watt and Amanda Ajomale. Text: SBWN at Granite Noir: Nighttime Noir. Zebib K. Abraham, Amira Al Shanti, Katalina Watt, and Amanda Ajomale. 24 Feb 2024 | 9:00pm | Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.
  • Then on 24th February, 9:00pm, at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, we’ll be hosting a live panel discussion about all things noir with Zebib K. Abraham, Amira Al Shanti, Katalina Watt, chaired by Amanda Ajomale. We’ll hear all three panellists read their work and exploring speculative fiction, horror and noir writing as resistance.

Tickets are £10.50 and are available from the Aberdeen Performing Arts website here. We can’t wait to see you there!

Read on below to learn more about our speakers.

Register for Nighttime Noir in person here

Facilitator/Speakers

Black and white photo of Ram V.

Ram V is an award winning author and creator of comics & graphic novels such as GRAFITY’S WALL, THESE SAVAGE SHORES, THE MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR & the Eisner-winning BLUE IN GREEN.

Since he published his first book in 2016, Ram’s work has gone on to garner critical and popular success, winning multiple awards. Apart from creating original work, Ram has also written for iconic characters & titles such as Swamp Thing, Justice League Dark, Catwoman and Venom at DC Comics and Marvel.

Ram lives in London– dog person, doodles, argumentative melancholic.

Z. K. Abraham (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She has been published in/has work forthcoming in Clarkesworld, FANTASY Magazine, The Rumpus, Podcastle, Apparition Lit, and more. She is represented by C. L. Geisler at ArtHouse Literary Agency. She can be found on Twitter @pegasusunder1 and zkabraham.com.

Photo of a mixed white/Filipino person with shoulder-length brown hair and a blue and white patterned top, looking out from behind a bookshelf.

Katalina Watt is published in magazines and anthologies including Haunted Voices, Unspeakable, Reclamation, and Extra Teeth. They were Longlisted for Penguin Write Now 2020, awarded a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant, and 2022 Ignyte award-winning founding Audio Director for khōréō magazine. She is represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary. (Photo credit: Jim Walker.)

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Amira Al Shanti is a Scottish Palestinian writer, actor and singer. Her work has been published in The Herald and the online zine Dardishi. She also wrote and starred in the short film ‘Said the Dove to the Olive Tree’ (Interabang Productions) and followed this up with a spoken word piece at the Take One Action Film Festival 2022. Recent performance credits include her West End debut in the world premiere of Rumi at the London Coliseum; and providing Arabic voiceover work in the National Theatre of Scotland’s screenplay adaptation of Adam (BBC Scotland). Amira has recently completed a doctorate in Psychology and has had publications of her work in scientific journals. She received a YWCA Scotland 30 under 30 reward in 2020. In 2023, Amira was shortlisted for The Kavya Prize.

Amanda Ajomale smiles into the camera.

Amanda Ajomale is a Poet, Novelist, and Researcher known for weaving Yoruba and Latin American culture and language through the heart of her work. After becoming a mother in 2019, Amanda created the blog, The A Word, which features poems and short stories surrounding Queer Love, Post-Natal Depression, and Generational Healing.

Performances include the Scottish BPOC Writers Audio Anthology and the 2022 Edinburgh Book Festival, and her debut poem ‘Mama, I Really Did Try My Best’ is featured on The New Mothers’ Writing Circle website. TV credits include BBC’s The Firm, Bridge of Lies, and the current season of Question Time.

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