About

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“After spending a lot of time, doing lots of things, I’m finally where I’m supposed to  be, doing what I’m supposed to do.”

Seduce

The word has gone out that Seduce is dead, and the mourners gather for her wake. But if Seduce is in her coffin, her memories and consciousness of those around her persist.

Events

Cultureword’s 9th National Black Writers Conference will take place on Saturday, 13th October 2018. The Conference is for writers and publishers who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC. The conference will be covering: digital literature, afro-futurism, mental health, crime, developing audiences, self publishing and the Black Cultural Economy. Over Here Zine Fest, a festival of zines that showcase the work of creatives who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC, will also be taking place as part of the Conference. Desiree will be taking part in two events.

Writer Journeys

Every writer has a story to tell, rarely do they tell their own. What got them into writing, what kept them going and how, eventually, they achieved success.

Panellists: Keisha Thompson, Hirohisa Fukuda, chaired by Desiree Reynolds

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Mad

How is our sense of self and our mental health affected by the stories a racialised society projects onto people of colour? Is a significant cause of mental illness among black communities an internalisation of such stories? Is mad a sick alternative to bad? What stories do writers of colour choose to tell that address (or transverse) mental health and why? How do we all maintain our mental well-being as writers and artists?

Panellists: Kei Miller, Desiree Reynolds and Col Bashir

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-writers-conference-2018-tickets-46224769530

 

 

 

 In Conversation with Afua Hirsch 18 October

In collaboration with Our Mel, Festival of Debate, BAME Staff Network – The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Students’ Union as part of MelaninFest – Sheffield’s Black History Month Festival.

Join Afua Hirsch and Desiree Reynolds for a discussion on Afuas’ Sunday Times Bestseller, Brit(ish).

Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.

This event will be chaired by Desiree Reynolds – journalist, author and a trustee of The Racial Justice Network.

This event will take place in Lecture Theatre 4 in The Diamond at The University of Sheffield.

Tickets: Free

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afua-hirsch-british-on-race-identity-and-belonging-tickets-50671486781

Talk About Change – Festival of the Mind

23rd September

“In a time when events seem ever and ever out of our control, writing is resistance.” – Desiree Reynolds

Join us for a spoken word performance that sheds light on how words have changed over time and how conversations about the history and power of language shape the way we live.

The project is a collaboration between Our Mel (a local organisation exploring cultural identity), novelist and creative writer Desiree Reynolds and researchers Dr Iona Hine and Dr Seth Mehl, formed out of creative writing workshops under the title Writing As Resistance.

Talk About Change