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.
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
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!
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
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.