Queer Writers Showcase with Eris Young
Get hyped for the new year! Join Eris Young, Lighthouse’s writer-in-residence, and a friendly bunch of queers for a rowdy year-end celebration of new work from writers and goal-setting for 2020!! Book tickets here.
Bame Writers Networking Event
The Scottish BAME Writers Network is delighted to be hosting our first networking event for BAME & POC writers. As part of Book Week Scotland, please join us on November 23rd at Augustine United Church (George IV Bridge) in Edinburgh. You can book tickets directly from here.
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Ceremony, a pamphlet launch
The Scottish BAME Writers Network launched our first ever poetry and prose pamphlet featuring writers from The Writers of Colour group based at The Scottish Poetry Library. “Ceremony” published by Tapsalteerie Press is a beautiful ode to diverse voices.
Books for Breakfast: BAME Writers in Scotland
It’s not everyday that you get to chat with your fellow writer pals in an old church. What a joy to spend time with Nadine Aisha Jassat, Jedah Pearl and Alycia Pirmohamed at the inaugural Golden Hare Books Festival.
Fringe of Colour
I joined the brilliant Fringe of Colour founder Jesse Brough, and poet/playwright Kyle Hernandez, at The Sustainability Hub at the University of Edinburgh. During my workshop on ‘The Art of Letting Go’, participants reflected on experiences of the Fringe and festival month. Together we let go of both positive and negative experiences, and let the words take on the weight of our frustrations.
So thrilled to have joined Michael Lee Richardson, Pauline Jeremie and Monstrous Regiment Publishing at Free Pride to discuss Queer writing and publishing at The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA).
Solidarity on the Shore
My goodness, what a positive crowd at ‘Solidarity on the Shore’ who all came out in support of the Equal Recognition Campaign. I was proud to stand in solidarity with the trans community of Scotland. Thrilled to share new work and read from ‘We Were Always Here’ published by 404 ink.
I was chuffed to be the featured writer for July’s Inky Fingers hosted at Lighthouse Bookshop. I shared some short stories and poetry with a generous audience and even had the opportunity to hear from writers not yet on my radar (exciting stuff!!!).
Pride in Print Soiree
It was thrilling to chair my first panel event at the always wonderful Lighthouse Bookshop. The panel featured Sigrid Nielsen, Simon Taylor, Nathaniel Kunitsky of Knight Errant Press, Annie Rutherford and Iain Morrison.
An Evening with Andrea Lawlor – Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl
I was honoured to join my queer siblings and share work that was smutty, sexy, witty, hopeful, sad and full of queer points of view. I am eternally grateful to @Lighthousebks and their generosity in sharing opportunities like this with writers and creatives in Edinburgh and Scotland. This book is just so incredible, bold and sexy!!! Andrea Lawlor is such a rock star of a human.
Be United – Nations United 2019
It was an honour to participate and perform at this festival celebrating Scottish multiculturalism at the historic St Bride’s Community Centre alongside Hannah Lavery and Alycia Pirmohamed.
Neu! Reekie! – Remain In Light #1
I thoroughly enjoyed performing at Neu! Reekie! as a representative of ‘We Were Always Here’. What a treat to tread the boards of Leith Theatre.
We Were Always Here
February is LGBT History Month in the UK. I was very happy to celebrate all things queer by helping launch ‘We Were Always Here’ published by 404 ink. The launch was held at the wonderful St. Andrew’s Brewing Co. on Potterrow.
The Colour of Madness
I was fortunate enough to participate in the Edinburgh launch of The Colour of Madness published by Stirling Publishing. I performed an excerpt of my story ‘He was red that day.’
Res|Fest 18 (London)
Res|Fest is an annual research festival that places art history in context of current research practices and world events. I was commissioned to perform a long form poem about ‘Mette’ a sculpture created by Paul Gaugin in 1877. My poem explored feminism, colonialism, the patriarchy and the idea of the ‘sitter’.
I was personally invited by this wonderful organisation to perform a short-story at one of their writer events. Literary Natives was established to promote and increase access to writing opportunities for BAME writers based in London.