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SBWN at Push the Boat Out – 16th October 2021

We’re so excited to be presenting these poetry and prose readings on Healing and Recovery at Push the Boat Out, Edinburgh’s international poetry festival!

Join us on 16th October from 5-6pm at Summerhall in Edinburgh for what’s sure to be a fantastic time. 

Scottish BAME Writers Network present an hour of Healing and Recovery through mediums of film, poetry and prose from esteemed writers Bee Asha, Bhavika Govil, Nichelle Santagata and Zebib K. A. Hosted by SBWN Co-director and award-winning author Dean Atta. 

Films will be closed captioned and live performances will be BSL interpreted.

This is a live event. Authors (except for Bhavika Govil, who will appear in a pre-recorded performance) will be on stage, in the venue. 


Where to book: Tickets are available from the Summerhall website.

Cost: £6 (£5 concession).

Other info: If you require a personal assistant (PA) to help you attend the event, you are entitled to a free PA ticket. Contact the venue to let them know your access requirements.


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Bee Asha is one third of the Scottish rap group, The Honey Farm and co-founder of the Spit It Out Project, a charity that creates spaces for people to discuss stigmatized topics and the power of using creative outlets to heal from trauma. Asha is also an inspiring solo artist of spoken word poetry and rap. Her work is unashamedly raw and revolves around female empowerment, her lived experiences of trauma and is aimed at opening up difficult conversations and breaking down societal norms. 

The Honey Farm: 

Spit It Out Project:

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Bhavika Govil is a writer from New Delhi, India with a master’s in creative writing from The University of Edinburgh. Her stories have been published in Extra Teeth, Gutter Magazine, Vogue India, among others. Her short fiction has won the Bound Short Story Prize 2019, been mentioned as a notable contender for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize, and longlisted for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing 2021. She was the joint winner of the 2021 Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize for her debut novel-in-progress, and right now, she swears she’s actually writing it. 



Twitter: @Bhavikagovil

Instagram: @bhavikagovil

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Nichelle Santagata is a nonfiction/fiction, prose and poetry writer focusing on identity, culture, race, mental health, and travel. She is a hip hop and contemporary dancer, movement artist, photographer, sound artist, short filmmaker/ videographer, and illustrator, originally from so-called Arizona, USA. 

Nichelle is currently based in Glasgow, Scotland working through her Sociology PhD focusing on Black women’s mental health and healing through autoethnography and arts-based methods. She received her Master of Liberal Studies from Arizona State University, Postgraduate Certificate in Comparative Literatures and Cultures from University of Bristol, and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Film & Media Studies while also studying dance and music at Arizona State University.


Instagram: @NichelleSantagata

Zebib K. A., M.D. (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She is completing an MFA at University of Edinburgh. She has been published in The Rumpus, Apparition Lit, The Selkie, Midnight & Indigo, and more, with forthcoming publications in Fantasy Magazine and others. She is black, queer, and from an immigrant background. 



Twitter: @pegasusunder1

Instagram: @pegasusunder


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Dean Atta was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. His debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His Young Adult novel in verse, The Black Flamingo, won the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize. Dean is based in Glasgow and is Co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network. 



Twitter: @DeanAtta

Instagram: @deanatta

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