Thanks to all who attended the first ever UNTITLED UNDERREP'D WRITERS FESTIVAL, it was a great day and we look forward to coming back next year.

SCHEDULE (all times BST)

10:30 - 12:00

IT'S YOUR TIME TO WRITE - Workshop, Ollie Charles

A relaxed workshop to start the day, for all writers using practical exercises to kickstart some idea generating. The workshop’s aim is to allow yourself time to solely focus on your writing without procrastination. Led by Untitled co-founder, Ollie Charles.

12:10 - 13:10

WHAT WE NEED TO DO - PART ONE - Panel 

A special panel discussion looking to explore various aspects of the literary/publishing world and how they pertain to underrepresented writers. At its core, we want to look at what work needs to be done to continue championing underrepresented writers.

Panellists include:

Nelima Begum - Editorial & Marketing Assistant, The Literary Consultancy

Andrew McMillan - Poet

Dr. Yvonne Battle-Felton - Author & Lecturer

Paul Burston - Author & Founder of Polari Salon and Polari Prize

Abi Fellows - Agent, Good Literary Agency

Ben Townley-Canning - Editor, fourteen poems

13:10 - 14:30

LUNCH

14:30 - 16:00

EXPERIMENTAL POETRY: A BRAVE NEW WORLD - Workshop, Nikki Dudley

Join streetcake editor, Nikki Dudley, for an experimental poetry workshop. You'll use prompts to create a simple poem and build from there, finally applying some experimental techniques to your writing to play with words. 

16:10 - 17:10

WHAT WE NEED TO DO - PART TWO - Panel 

During our second panel of the day, we'll continue to explore aspects of the literary/publishing world and how they pertain to underrepresented writers, but with a totally different set of panellists!

Panellists include:

Maame Blue - Author

Bobby Nayyar - Programme Manager, Spread The Word

Nathan Evans - Editor of Inkandescent

Professor Sunny Singh - Author, Lecturer and Co-Founder of the Jhalak Prize

Gabrielle Johnson & Freya Ward-Lowery - Editors, clav mag 

Matt Freidson - Deputy Director, Creative Future

17:10 - 17:30

BREAK

17:30 - 18:30

UNTITLED WRITERS' SALON

Welcome to the Writers’ Salon, where eight fantastic underrepresented writers will be reading some of their work live. The writers involved include: Rajan Sharma, Erica Gillingham, Juliano Zaffino, Soft Punch Poetry, Shiri Shah, Sherise Blackman, Oluwatayo Adewole and Polis Loizou.

19:30 - 20:30

SI LEEDS LITERARY PRIZE SHORTLIST

Women's Prize long-listed and Jhalak Prize shortlisted author Yvonne Battle-Felton introduces the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist. A national, biennial prize with patrons including Bonnie Greer, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Margaret Busby and Bidisha. The prize aims to act as a loud speaker for fresh literary voices from under-represented groups. This year sees the announcement of the fifth award in October at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Join the nominees for a vibrant evening of readings and discussion. 

Enquiries: contact.untitledwriting@gmail.com