Cultureword’s 9th National Black Writers Conference will take place on Saturday, 13th October 2018. The Conference is for writers and publishers who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC. The conference will be covering: digital literature, afro-futurism, mental health, crime, developing audiences, self publishing and the Black Cultural Economy. Over Here Zine Fest, a festival of zines that showcase the work of creatives who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC, will also be taking place as part of the Conference.
How do you find your audiences and once found how do you develop them? We will be sharing our experiences and ideas of building audiences locally, nationally and internationally.
Panellists: Jennifer Makumbi, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Naniso Tswai
Every writer has a story to tell, rarely do they tell their own. What got them into writing, what kept them going and how, eventually, they achieved success.
Panellists: Keisha Thompson, Hirohisa Fukada, Anjum Malik and Masimba Musodza
We all know what literature is but what exactly is digital literature, what does it do and how can you make use of it as a writer and a reader?
Panellists: Maya Chowdhry, Kooj Chuhan, Mahboobeh Rajabi and Clare Ramsaran
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Guilty or not guilty?
This will take the form of a mock trials. Herded into a fake Magistrate court, writers who contributed to the Shots In The Dark anthology will be cross-examined. Are their works subliminal confessions they have committed foul acts, whether of murder, manslaughter, breach of parking regulations or even, if the chief examiner sees fit to interrogate them on this, breach of the Most Important Rules of Literature?
Panellists: Vijay Medtia, Kenya Sterling and more TBC
Then further sessions at mock Crown Court, dealing with heinous crimes of the utmost seriousness, in the dock will be two crime writers. We interrogate their artistic choices, their aesthetic techniques, their themes and the language they use.
In the dock: TBC
Chief Interrogators: Pete Kalu and TBC
Jury: the audience
How is our sense of self and our mental health affected by the stories a racialised society projects onto people of colour? Is a significant cause of mental illness among black communities an internalisation of such stories? Is mad a sick alternative to bad? What stories do writers of colour choose to tell that address (or transverse) mental health and why? How do we all maintain our mental well-being as writers and artists?
Panellists: Desiree Reynolds, Danielle Jawando and more TBC
Getting into print is a difficult journey, sometimes it’s better to do it yourself. Tips and experiences on what to do, what pitfalls to avoid and how to make your publishing journey work for you.
Panellists: Deanne Heron, A D Starrling and Martin De Mello
Zines and Activism
What role do zines and zine-making play in activism? Why are they relevant and important for people identifying as BAME/Black/Asian/POC? Join our panel members as they talk about their experiences of cut-and-paste, taking up space within activist communities and providing an alternative to the mainstream.
Panellists: Humaira Saeed, Melissa Steiner and Nazmia Jamal
MadLab, Dantzic Street NOMA, Manchester M60 0AE
Methodist Central Hall, Central Buildings, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ
Sachas Hotel, Tib St, Manchester M4 1SH
Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade 35-39 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG
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