Making space for music
May
5
2:45 pm14:45

Making space for music

Join DJ Ritu (Resonance FM), Kevin Le Gendre (Don't Stop the Carnival, 2018) and Maan Abu Taleb (Ma3azef; All The Battles, 2019) for a conversation on how culturally specific music media and spaces are celebrating alternative music styles and genres in the UK and elsewhere. What is the role of music journalism in the age of engaging with music online, within your community and outside it?

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What's your book about?
May
5
2:15 pm14:15

What's your book about?

Ever been asked ‘What’s your book about?’ only to be self-deprecating, trip over your tongue, or waffle nonsensically? Learn how Commissioning Editor Rose Tomaszewska (Quercus/Hachette) pitches books to her team and the publishing industry, and how this can help you get attention, summarise your work and present yourself confidently.

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Building Stories, a live podcast
May
5
12:30 pm12:30

Building Stories, a live podcast

A live session with Building Stories, a new podcast delving into the hidden tales of the structures and architecture surrounding us. Host and author Roma Agrawal (Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures, 2019) and writer Shiromi Pinto (Plastic Emotions, 2019) discuss structural engineer Fazlur Khan and architect Minnette de Silva, and their ingenious contributions to architecture and society.

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Fighting for independence
May
5
11:10 am11:10

Fighting for independence

A panel of writers ask what it's like fighting for self-rule at the fringes of society. Featuring journalist Tam Hussain (To the Mountains: My Life in Jihad, from Algeria to Afghanistan, 2019; The Travels of Ibn Fudayl, 2018), novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (House of Stone, 2018), scholar Abdullah Anas (To the Mountains: My Life in Jihad, from Algeria to Afghanistan, 2019) and academic Alpa Shah (Nightmarch: Among India's Revolutionary Guerrillas, 2018).

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Between diaspora and the continent
May
5
11:00 am11:00

Between diaspora and the continent

Short-story and fiction writers Marcelle Akita, Asha Mohamed and Lydia Levy read from their stories included in Unbreakable Bonds, a groundbreaking anthology of photography, fiction and non-fiction from Eastern Africa and the UK. Q&A with by Beverly Ochieng of the podcast 2 Girls and a Pod.

This session is curated by Esther Mirembe (Writivism Literary Initiative, Uganda) and Spread the Word.

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Comics workshop
May
4
10:00 pm22:00

Comics workshop

Join illustrator Erin Aniker as she teaches children of all ages how to translate the written word and characters into awesome artwork.
Whether it’s creating your own comics or illustrating books, Erin shares her tips and tricks.

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Stories from the lives of women
May
4
4:35 pm16:35

Stories from the lives of women

Hear slices of stories from the lives of women, both fictional and real. We'll have readings from novelists Bisi Adjapon (Of Women and Frogs, 2018), Jill Johnson (The Time Before The Time To Come: i mua, a muri, 2018) and Rana Haddad (The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor, 2018), and journalist Zing Tseng (Forgotten Women: The Scientists, 2018). Followed by discussion.

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Open pitching
May
4
4:15 pm16:15

Open pitching

Get insider tips on the publishing industry! Join the audience for a live pitching session, where four writers will present their work to a panel of industry experts for feedback and advice on how to get published.

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Holding our ground
May
4
2:45 pm14:45

Holding our ground

Author Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, 2018), YA writer Onjali Rauf (The Boy at the Back of the Class, 2018) and Poet Roy McFarlane (The Healing Next Time, 2018), all longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019, discuss themes of literary inventiveness in the face of institutional violence. Chaired by author and prize judge Anna Perera (The Glass Collector, 2011).

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Taking your writing forward
May
4
2:15 pm14:15

Taking your writing forward

Join Spread the Word’s Bobby Nayyar and Ruth Harrison to find out about the support you can get to develop your writing and yourself as a writer. Bobby and Ruth will be joined by writers Anne Chen, Iqbal Hussain and Tice Cin from the London Writers Awards who will talk about their experiences of applying for and being part of writer development opportunities.

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