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.
MANCHESTER EVENT - Sunday 13th Sept, University of Manchester
I've been invited to read as part of the cultural programme of the upcoming international conference on humanitarian effectiveness at Manchester University. The conference is jointly organised by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (whose Research Associate Dr Roisin Read I recently spoke with in Liverpool for Writing on the Wall Fest's event on Darfur - a conversation I could have happily continued for hours!) and Save the Children's Humanitarian Affairs Team - more details here.
More live events for Manchester, Durham and Ilkely to be posted here soon. You can order the book 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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