Writing Our Legacy has announced its new online literary programme: New Narratives: We Need to Change the Stories We’re Telling.

Designed in response to the Covid-19 lockdown, the programme will enable Brighton-based organisation Writing Our Legacy to continue delivering its mission to raise awareness of the contributions of Black, East/South Asian, and non-white writers, poets, playwrights, and authors born, living in or connected to Sussex & the South East.

The programme launched 19th June 2020 and features ‘pay what you can’ online talks, socials, workshops, and a retreat, featuring leading names from the literary world, including Dean Atta, Catherine Johnson, and Jacob Ross.

Jacob Ross, Writer, and Jhalak Prize winner, said: “Writing Our Legacy is doing incredibly important work in writer development, and fostering cross-fertilisation between writers at various stages of their development. I’m very pleased to contribute to that work.

Writing Our Legacy, in partnership with New Writing South, is also launching a new literary magazine: ‘Covert‘, with a call out for submissions from writers and artists of colour for the upcoming first edition.

Lesley Wood, Chief Executive of New Writing South, said: “Over and over again, with the smallest budget and the biggest heart, Writing Our Legacy brings excellent new work by BAME writers and artists out into the world. Covert magazine is a bold old/new way to showcase some of the UK’s most exciting emerging writers whose fresh ideas and strong voices inspire our minds and nurture our souls. New Writing South is proud to support this work and we warmly encourage all writers of colour to submit stories and poems to the magazine.

Other aspects of the programme include mentoring sessions and a project to distribute Writing Our Legacy’s Hidden Sussex (2019) anthology to universities across the UK. Hidden Sussex is an anthology of poems, prose and short stories from writers of colour who live in or have connections with Sussex.

Amy Zamarripa Solis, Chair & Programme Manager for Writing Our Legacy, said: “Now more than ever is it vital for BAME-led arts organisations such as Writing Our Legacy to support our writers, creatives and communities and create safe spaces to come together. We are witnessing the world in a critical situation with global protests against the murder of George Floyd, challenging racism and inequalities in the US and the UK, as well as c-19. We are also experiencing potential for positive change by working together as a human race. Literature and the arts gives hope and inspiration, gives people new ways of expressing themselves. Our programme aims to unify people of all walks of life together online and shine a light on the amazing writers, musicians and artists we have in Sussex and the South East.”

For details of events and how to book visit www.writingourlegacy.org.uk

Covert literary magazine call for submissions

The first edition of Covert will open for submissions on 1 July 2020 and invites writers of colour to send through original fiction, poetry, and artwork for this first edition. The theme for the inaugural magazine is Sussex Fortuneteller: What do writers see in the future?

The magazine will be aimed at writers of Black, East/South Asian, and non-white writers living in the South East of England, with an emphasis on supporting Sussex-based writers. We positively encourage writers from marginalised backgrounds to submit.

  • 15 writers will be selected for the publication.
  • Each writer will also receive mentoring and editorial feedback on their writing with a Guest Editor before publication.
  • The deadline for submissions is 31 September 2020. The magazine will be launched at an online event in December 2020, with copies for sale and to read online.

Selection will be made by Guest Editors Umi Sinha and Dean Atta, with an editorial team made up of Amy Zamarripa Solis (Writing Our Legacy), Sharon Duggal (New Writing South) and others.

Find out more via writingourlegacy.org.uk

New Narratives is a Writing Our Legacy programme, delivered in partnership with Sussex-based, regional and national organisations including: New Writing South, Crawley Wordfest, Diverse Crawley, Africa Night Fever, Brighton & Hove Black History, Diversity Lewes, and Worthing BME group. The programme is funded by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund