2012 has been known for stimulating workshops throughout the year. These included a follow-up workshop on social media for writers, plus a forthcoming workshop on submitting writing to publications. Continuing our goal to widen opportunities for our writers, and to explore writing beyond the page, Inscribe Originals member Sohail Khan led an exciting practice-based performance skills session: The Song or the Singer?
2012 also saw the launch of the first Young Inscribe Anthology of poetry and short stories. It features some of the best young Black & Asian writers from around the country. With guest co-editor Nii Ayikwei Parks (award-winning author of Tale of the Blue Bird, the Peepal Tree poetry collection The Makings of You and both founder and managing editor of Flipped Eye Press), an inspiring showcase of talent.
2 Market 2 Market an exciting project developed by some of our very own Young Inscribers came to fruition throughout the summer months of 2012. A great success, it captured real voices and real experiences about one of Leeds’ most beloved spaces: Kirkgate Market. These four young writers in residence went out among the stalls and shoppers to collect stories for an interactive storytelling map. They delved into the history of the market, plundering a wealth of oral testimonies and archive material to develop a promenade performance exploring the project’s theme of movements human, economic and emotional. 2 Market, 2 Market was produced by DLS Enterprises and commissioned by imove for Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad. The project was supported through public funding by The Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme.
A culturally rich and fantastically creative project read about the writers and watch the performances at
Later, September 2012, 20th-22nd, saw the Caribbean Poetry Conference “The Power of Caribbean Poetry- Word and Sound” at The University of Cambridge.
Here Inscribe Co-Director Dorothea Smartt, represents Peepal Tree Press on the CPP Adivisory committee and was a featured guest poet at the Conference.
Young Inscriber Adam Lowe, Inscribe Original Khadijah Ibrahiim, and Inscribe associate Zena Edwards, were among the writers who attended with support from Inscribe and the Conference. Elmi Ali, Young Inscribe associate, and Chloe Wade, Intern, were supported by Inscribe in making a successful application to the NAWE Young Writers’ Enabling Fund, so they could attend.
With the calibre of poets participating, it was a positive, enriching and exciting few days!
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