Free Speech Cafe – No Room At The Table – Making Inclusion a Reality for Black British Writers

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Date : Thursday 1 March

Time: 6.30pm,
Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road

With Courttia Newland, Jonathan Heawood and Joy Francis.
What are the barriers for black British writers working today? Why is it that not enough black British writers are being published? Are literature festivals celebrating the diversity of writers in the UK enough? What is the free speech issue here? What’s the role English PEN can play to support all writers in the UK? For this and more, join us for the latest Free Speech Café, where the hottest issues of the day are discussed and debated. We are delighted to partner up with Words of Colour Productions for this event.

Joy Francis is Executive Director of Words of Colour Productions ( Words of Colour’s first short story writing competition was won by newcomer Olu Awonubi who went on to win the Wasafiri international short story prize a year later in 2009. A politics graduate, accredited journalist and scriptwriter, Joy has written for publications as diverse as The Voice, The Guardian and Channel 4 online, and broadcast for BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV and Sky News. She is a former a script reader and competition judge for BBC Drama’s Get Writing Programme and the BBC’s New Writing Division. In 2001 she launched the UK’s first national newspaper internship programme for black and minority ethnic journalism students with partners such as the FT, The Times and The Big Issue. The successful initiative, which was adapted for the PR industry, has been recognised as a top 30 Europe-wide media diversity programme by the European Commission. Joy is also a module leader on the new MA in Diversity and the Media at the University of Westminster.

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