Bare Lit is a festival of stories, bringing together poets, journalists, playwrights and novelists. Join us for a weekend of readings and discussions, performances and debates, industry insights, networking and workshops.

The festival is an initiative responding to the lack of inclusion of people of colour in the literature industries. Our research has shown that BAME audiences often feel excluded by the expense of these events.

In 2015, the UK's three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors. Of those 2000+ authors, only 4% were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds, based on a report published by SPREAD THE WORD


Henna Zamurd-Butt, Director + Co-founder
Henna is a writer, editor and media consultant. She is a doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths college researching digital colonialism and women's internet activism. In a previous life she ran restaurants, now she writes about food and has a pop-up bakery called Sunbakes. Email Henna here.

Mend Mariwany, Director + Co-founder
Mend is a writer, editor and content producer. He edits at Skin Deep and is member of the poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen. Mend is  working on his first collection of poetry and prose. Email Mend here.

Sabeena Akhtar, Festival Coordinator
Sabeena is the editor of upcoming Anthology, Cut From The Same Cloth, published by Unbound and a contributor to the forthcoming 404 Ink and BHP Comics title, We Shall Fight Until We Win. She enjoys sarcasm, Eastenders, tea and decolonisation. She tweets at: @pocobookreader.

Samira Sawlani, Social Media Manager
Samira is a writer, journalist and analyst, specialising in East Africa. She can be found here: @samirasawlan.

Jasmin Yusuf, Marketing Coordinator
Jasmin is a writer and a contributor to galdem magazine. She takes pictures from time to time and her photography was exhibited at NN Contemporary Art gallery last year. She also fundraises for grassroots community organisations. She can be found: @jazz_yusuf


Email: contact@barelitfestival.com
Twitter: @BareLit
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