Saturday 19th October
Contact Theatre, Manchester
How To book: Contact Theatre website from July 2013
The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet. Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating. They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and an evening Festival that includes Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Speakeasy band, Young Identity and many more…
The Conference will feature the following debates and workshops: Writing For Children: How do we get more diversity into published children’s writing? Women poets and the stage: the reception and subtle exclusions that female spoken word artists face in public space that remains dominated by men. Queer writing: What space does the black queer writer occupy? Is there ‘room at the inn’ for black queer writers? How does ‘double discrimination’ inform and undermine our writing? Freedom and Resistance: ‘Tortured, the Truth, Remains And Will Free Itself. How has the relationship of writing and resistance changed in the 21st century?
There are two specific young writers’ workshops and a performance opportunity all led by Young Identity young writers group.