Press & Media

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Fact sheet

Scottish BPOC Writers Network (SBWN) is a professional development and advocacy group for Black writers and writers of colour who are Scottish, Scotland-based or have strong links with Scotland.

Find out more about the Scottish BPOC Writers Network (including team bios).

Founded in: 2018.

Founded by: Alycia Pirmohamed and Jay Gao.

Based: In Scotland.

Current Co-Directors: Jeda Pearl Lewis and Titilayo Farukuoye.

Members: 400+ members.


Our mission is to bring focus to diverse literary BPOC* voices; build community, artistic practice and career development; and connect Scottish BPOC writers with one another and the wider literary arts sector.


We value inclusive and intersectional representation. We value equity and equality. We will strive to uplift, give space, encourage and validate each other’s unique perspectives and narratives.

Read more about our mission and values.

As seen on


The Skinny


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Push The Boat Out Poetry Festival

Literature Alliance Scotland

Playwright Studio Scotland

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Glasgow Uni SFF Network

Publishing Scotland

National Theatre of Scotland

National Library of Scotland

Lighthouse Bookshop

Edwin Morgan Trust

Awards & Accolades

2019’s Creative Edinburgh Awards: Social Award Winner

Media and articles 

Scottish BPOC Writers Network EDI Annual Survey Reports:


    Sanctuary: The Scottish BPOC Writers Network Issue – Books From Scotland

    Scottish BAME Writers’ Network | Literature Alliance Scotland

    The Scottish BAME Writers Network Takeover | Books from Scotland

    Scottish BAME Writers Network | Royal Society of Literature

    The BAME writers network changing Scotland’s publishing scene | The Skinny, Andrés Ordorica

    Scottish BAME Writers Network | Stanza

    Scottish BAME Writers Network | Bella Caledonia, Arusa Qureshi

    Special Guest Northern Highlight | Scottish BAME Writers Network