news and events
My feature on LGBT people and war stories can be read on the Irish Times website. Many members of Sudan's LGBT community (communities) are underground, simply out of necessity, but if you want to know more about LGBT advocacy in Sudan, start by checking out Rainbow Sudan.
DURHAM - Saturday 10th October, 3-4pm, £4-6 entry
Writing From Conflict event, Durham Book Festival. I'll be reading a story from Jebel Marra and chatting about asylum, humanitarian language, and writing, with one of my literary heroes (and author of the story from which the award-winning film '45 Years' was drawn) David Constantine. The event takes place at Palace Green Library, Wolfson Gallery, 3-4pm. Tickets here.
CAMBRIDGE - Saturday 7th November
English PEN literary event. Fellow Comma author Zoe Lambert and I will be reading from our books, and talking short fiction and political impact at this event hosted by English PEN. PEN is a global literary network that defends and promotes freedom of expression, and works to remove barriers to literature. More info to come.
MANCHESTER - Friday 27th November, 5.30pm
Launch of 'My Dear Watson' poetry anthology. Join us for the launch of a new anthology of poetry featuring an international roster of poets writing on each of the elements of the period table. I'm bringing deadly radium, and will be reading alongside Maya Chowdhry, Louis Bailey, Steph Pike, Sarah Hymas, and many more literary chemists! At the Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.
HUDDERSFIELD - Saturday 5th December
Short Story Day at the University of Huddersfield - more details to come
You can order Jebel Marra now via the Comma Press website.
WordPlay Community Arts
I'm thrilled to be able to announce the launch of a new participatory arts organisation that I've founded with my collaborator Harriet Morgan-Shami.
WordPlay has grown from work we've done in East Salford over the last seven years, and we will continue to root our work there, as well as taking some of the projects to the wider Greater Manchester area.
WordPlay uses creative writing and related arts (like digital storytelling, spoken word, artist books and life writing) to support attachment and wellbeing. We are especially focused on working with vulnerable and marginalised people, as this is the backbone of our previous work together.
You can follow WordPlay on facebook and twitter, and find out more on our website at www.wpca.co.uk
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