Main Event

Black and Asian Writers Conference

  • 8
  • Oct
  • 8
  • Oct



Image of Nii Parkes in action at the microphoneDaniela Incoronato

In a year when the lack of diversity in publishing has sparked a series of national initiatives such as the Jhalak Prize, the need to support BAME writers in the UK has never been greater. The 8th Black and Asian Writers Conference will be the most ambitious yet, encompassing a full day of talks, interviews and workshops covering everything from Afrofuturism, flash fiction and immersive poetry, concluding with an evening event headlined by Manchester’s own Lemn Sissay (tickets available separately here )

With a confirmed lineup of speakers including Dawn Walton, Desiree Reynolds, Nii Parkes, Sandeep Parmar, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and JJ Bola, it’s sure to be a thought-provoking and inspiring day. Presented by Cultureword. Visit the website to see the full list of events and buy tickets.

10.00am – 10.30am Registration
10.30am – 11.45am Digital Writing: Is digital transforming writing? If so, how?
12.15pm – 1.30pm Young Writers: How does Generation Y's writing differ from Generation X's?
1.30pm – 2.15pm Lunch break
2.15pm – 3.30pm Writing in Translation: What makes for a good translation?
4.00pm – 5.15pm Racism, Writing and Resistance: Does literature perpetuate racism?

Chapter One Books
10.30am – 11.45am Crime Fiction: Where are all the black writers? Solving the mystery.
12.15pm – 1.30pm Contemporary Britain's Theatrical Landscape: Is the future of BAME theatre outside a theatre building?
1.30pm – 2.15pm Lunch break
2.15pm – 3.30pm Black and Dangerous: BAME representation of mental health in writing.
4.00pm – 5.15pm Poetry: The revolution in BAME poetry is yet to come?

Central Library
10.30am – 1.30pm [Exhibition] Drawing in Black and White: An exhibition of art work from BAME artists.
2.15pm – 3.30pm From Ancient African Civilisation to Afrofuturism: Illustration and the black aesthetic.