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 runs magazine Media Diversified which publishes stories and analysis by journalists of colour. In a previous life she ran restaurants, now she writes about food and has a pop-up bakery called Sunbakes. She is also a doctoral candidate at Goldsmiths college researching digital colonialism and women's internet activism. 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. Twitter: @pocobookreader.

Samira Sawlani, Social Media
Samira a UK based writer specialising in politics, economy and development of East and Horn of Africa. A holder of an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London she has previously worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat and as an International Election Observer for the Kenyan elections in 2013. Aside from journalism she has also worked in the emergency humanitarian relief and refugee care sector. Twitter: @samiraawlani


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