Calling all Asian writers in/from the UK!
Join us for our Asian Writers Group on Wednesday 19 July, 7-9pm.
This month we have a special guest – academic and writer Suchitra Choudhury – who’ll be leading the workshop Beyond Decolonisation: ‘End Colonising’ and Creativity.
Please be mindful when booking. This is an event for Asian writers based in the UK.
For writers of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, and/or mixed heritage
This workshop will explore the many ways in which a commitment to decoloniality can act as a spur to creative production, and the ways in which models of “decolonization” engage with concepts of history, memory, and change. It will suggest a multifaceted notion of “end colonising” as a creative response to varied realms of decolonial activity.
With an explicit aim to draw upon the rich experience of writers in Scotland from across the Asian diaspora, we will seek to inaugurate new ideas and debates, illuminating, for instance, how the personal and public often combine in the relationship between creative writing and decolonial thought.
No preparation is necessary to attend the workshop. However, thinking about some of the issues below will help to stimulate discussion:
- What exactly is decolonisation and what does it mean personally to you?
- What is the role of memory in creative thinking and how does it relate to decoloniality?
- Is hybridity even worth thinking about in the context of decolonisation?
We look forward to the conversations, debate, and inspiration that will come out of this!
Suchitra Choudhury is a scholar and writer who specialises in British literature associated with India, and the way it represents and negotiates material culture.
Earlier this year, her monograph Textile Orientalisms: Cashmere and Paisley Shawls in British Literature and Culture was published by the Ohio University Press. Suchitra is an advisory board member of V&A Dundee’s Scottish Design Galleries, and her wider interest traces the presence of nineteenth–century Indian objects in museums. You can find her on Twitter @suchichoudhury
- There is a max of 20 spaces.
- Registration is free! However, if you are able to offer a donation – any amount/Pay What You Can – to help keep SBWN running, we would be very grateful for your support.
- This event will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the date).
- The event includes a 10-15min comfort break.
- Our events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
- All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech
Before participating in this online event, please note the following:
- All events are suitable for participants aged 18+.
- To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
- 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).
- You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
- Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Otter.ai. Please add your access requirements during registration and we’ll do our best to provide.
- We now have data (£7) and caregiver/childcare bursaries (£30) for participants on low incomes – simply email an invoice to email@example.com for the suggested amount.