Photo of a Black woman with short hair sitting on a chair, her arms folded over her knees, with black-and-white printed trousers and bracelets on one wrist. Text: Scottish Black Writers Group with Mara the Storyteller. Thu 21st of April, 7-9pm. Writing & Community space on Zoom facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye. For UK and Ireland-based writers who are Black/from the African diaspora (including mixed heritage).

Scottish Black Writers Group – 21 April 2022

This month’s guest: Mara the Storyteller

Scottish Black Writers Group is a free writers group facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye. It is open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life – writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join us.

Mara the Storyteller (Mara Menzies) is a narrative artist, drawing on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage, to create worlds that explore contemporary issues through legend, myth, and fantasy. With her own vision of the beauty, history and aspirations of people of African heritage, she fuses ancient and modern in an intoxicating experience where the audience takes centre stage leading to invitations to perform across the world. Her storytelling show Blood and Gold exploring the legacy of colonialism and slavery was nominated for the CATS award for Best New Play in 2020 and was published as a novel by Birlinn in 2021.

Social handles:

Twitter and IG: @marastoryteller 

Facebook: marathestoryteller

Book now on Eventbrite

Please be mindful when booking. The Scottish Black Writers Group is for writers based across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.



  • This event is free.
  • All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection and a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video.
  • BSL interpretation/captioning/audio description provided on request during registration.
  • Events over 2 hours long will have a comfort break in the middle. You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • Please add any access requirements to the registration form.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.

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