White text overlaid theatre seats: SBWN Community Events August 2023.

SBWN Community Events, August 2023

Join us as we celebrate and big up our wonderful SBWN Edinburgh International Book Festival community events! If you have a literary event, call for submissions, or happening, please complete our opportunities form. We publish a monthly Newsletter at the end of the month and, going forward, will be adding more community events to our blog.


SBWN at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

SBWN: Ghosts, Nanas and the Apocalypse
Monday 14 Aug, 17:15 
We’re showcasing live readings and performance from Rachelle Atalla, Lorraine Wilson, Nadine Aisha Jassat, and Tendai Huchu as they share what reaching out to ancestors and descendants looks like and let us in on some of the secrets of calling upon the past to inspire future stories. Courtney Stoddart will be chairing.

Tickets are pay what you can – book tickets


We plan to have short a informal social meetup for SBWN members after our EIBF event. 

We also have a limited number of travel, child/care and data bursaries – request a bursary.


Some EIBF events are pay what you can, livestreamed, BSL interpreted, captioned. 


SBWN writers with EIBF festival events include

12 August

Families, Memories, and Stories with Katya Balen and Nadine Aisha Jassat

14:15 pm – 15:15 pm

Featuring: Nadine Aisha Jassat.

Close Read: Open Book on Citizen by Claudia Rankine

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Featuring: Marjorie Lotfi.


14th August

Discover the Secrets of the Chinese Zodiac with Maisie Chan

11:15 am – 12:15 am

Featuring: Maisie Chan.

Close Read: Jess Brough on Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

14:15 pm – 15:45 pm

Featuring: Jess Brough.

Scottish BPOC Writers Network: Ghosts, Nanas and the Apocalypse

17:15 pm – 18:15 pm

Featuring: Rachelle Atalla, Lorraine Wilson, Nadine Aisha Jassat, and Tendai Huchu. Chaired by Courtney Stoddart.


15 August

Harry Baker & Courtney Stoddart: A Beginner’s Guide to Performance Poetry

14:15 pm – 15:45 pm

Featuring: Courtney Stoddart.

Alford Dalrymple Gardner, Howard Gardner & Colin Grant: Beyond Windrush 

12:30 – 13:30

with Lisa Williams


16 August

Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Katherine May: Wildest Dreams

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Featuring: Marjorie Lotfi.

Black History Walking Tour with Lisa Williams

14:15 pm – 15:45 pm

Featuring: Lisa Williams.

Hannah Lavery & Marjorie Lotfi: Being and Otherness

17:45 pm – 18:45 pm

Featuring: Hannah Lavery and Marjorie Lotfi.


17 August

Close Read: Open Book on Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Nina Mingya Powles

12:30 pm – 14:00 pm

Featuring: Marjorie Lotfi.


19 August

Rachelle Atalla & Ever Dundas: Tomorrow’s Worlds

18:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Featuring: Rachelle Atalla.

Can Writers and Creators Help Communities Find Joy?

19:30 pm – 21:00 pm

Featuring: Courtney Stoddart and Anahit Behrooz.


21 August

Leila Aboulela: A Sense of Independence

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Featuring: Leila Aboulela.

Mary Jean Chan & Nina Mingya Powles: New Poems

12:00 pm – 13:00 pm

Featuring: Alycia Pirmohamed.


22 August

Close Read: Open Book on Girl, Woman, Other

12:15 pm – 13:45 pm

Featuring: Marjorie Lotfi.

Alex Wheatle: Catch a Fire

19:00 – 20:00 pm

with Lisa Williams


23 August

Building a Writing Career

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Featuring: Nadine Aisha Jassat.


24 August

Outriders Europe: Dean Atta & Kostya Tsolakis, Ciarán Hodgers & Victoria McNulty

13:45 pm – 14:45 pm

Featuring: Dean Atta.

Hannah Lavery & Caitlin Skinner: The Quines are Back

20:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Featuring: Hannah Lavery.


26 August

Arusa Qureshi: Joyful Defiance

20:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Featuring: Arusa Qureshi.


28 August

Marjorie Lotfi & Dina Nayeri: The Idea of Home

17:15 pm – 18:15 pm

Featuring: Marjorie Lotfi.


Stay in touch

Black and PoC writers based in Scotland – let us know what you’re up to! Send info about your events, book and pamphlet launches, plays and other literary happenings to us via email and tag us on Twitter and Instagram so we can reshare.

We’re also happy to hear from publishers, bookshops, festivals, etc.

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