news and events
Jebel Marra has been nominated for a Saboteur Award! The Saboteur Awards focus on independent, small-budget literature of the print and live varieties, and my book has been nominated in the Best Short Story Collection category alongside some very strong company (not the least of which is Anneliese Mackintosh's brilliant debut Any Other Mouth - please read), It's all based on public vote, which is open until this Sunday May 24th, so please vote if you wanna!
MANCHESTER EVENT - Wednesday 27th May, The Castle Hotel
Fresh from Liverpool's Writing on the Wall festival (and an evening of inspiring conversation at best bookshop in the UK contender - News From Nowhere), I'll be back home and reading from the book at the ever-lovely Bad Language. They're also up for a Saboteur Award, as mentioned above, so, you know, share the love if you're so inclined.
Free in, 7.30pm start
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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