The 9th National Black and Asian Writers Conference brings together poets, playwrights, novelists, short fiction writers and digital artists to debate and share their experiences. There will be a range of topics on the table for discussion including self-publishing, writer journeys, the black cultural economy, and much more.
Alongside the conference, Over Here Zine Fest showcases the inventiveness, humour and creativity of black writers, activists and artists from across the UK.
Participating writers and creatives include Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Maya Chowdhry, Hirohisa Fukada, Nazmia Jamal, Jennifer Makumbi, Anjum Malik, Masimba Musodza, Humaira Saeed and Keisha Thompson.
Three venues, 12 sessions including panel discussions, readings and workshops, the 2018 Black Writers Conference is for writers and publishers who identify as Black, Asian, BAME or People OF Colour.
Whilst there has been an increasing recognition within publishing that more needs to be done to promote black and ‘minority’ voices and perspectives, there remains a long way to go.
As writers and publishers what can we do to make sure our voices are respected and heard? And what can we do to inspire and support each other? These are some of the questions the conference will be addressing.
Covering digital literature, afro-futurism, mental health, crime, developing audiences, self-publishing, activism and the black cultural economy – the conference is a meeting place, a debating ground, and a sharing of experiences.
The conference will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018 from 10.00hrs to 22.00hrs, at Sachas Hotel on Tibb Street in Manchester.
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