Projects

Scroll through to see all of our current and past projects.

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    Breaking New Ground

    Breaking New Ground is a project celebrating British writers and illustrators of colour who are creating stories for children and young people, launching at London Book Fair 2019 with a new booklet featuring over 100 contemporary creators. 30,000 copies of the booklet will be distributed to every school in the country, as well as to librarians, festivals, venues, publishers, agents

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  • Anthony Joseph – A Windrush Legacy

    The Kitch Tour Anthony Joseph embarks on series of UK and US events exploring the legacy of The Empire Windrush. Marking the first major wave of migrants from the Caribbean to UK in the 20th century, their arrival changed and enriched our society and culture. Joseph will use his new novel, Kitch, as a starting point to interrogate this history

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    The Mixtape Tour

    Mixtape is your sonic CV. The gumbo of humanity that we are – shows we like, music we like, conversations with friends. Our experiences wide and deep.” – Roger Robinson Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time,

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    Marcia Douglas & Olive Senior in the UK

    Throughout October, two of Jamaica’s leading writers of novels, short stories and poetry are taking part in events across the UK promoting the publication of their new books. Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winner Olive Senior, and fellow multiple award-winner Marcia Douglas are giving readings and leading creative writing workshops in Birmingham and Brighton, Leeds and London, and Edinburgh and Durham. Their programme

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    The Golden Shovel

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first African American Pulitzer Prize winner and second African American poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. At the end of June, 2017, we were pleased to partner with Peter Kahn to present the UK launch of The Golden Shovel Anthology, celebrating the life and work of poet and civil rights icon Gwendolyn Brooks through a dynamic

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    Writers of the World Unite!

    A Festival of Literature and Social Change – Waterstones Piccadilly, London, 28 April – 1 May 2017 Writers of the World Unite brings the world to Waterstones Piccadilly. Over four days, we’ll talk Russian revolutionary poetry, debate identity politics in the age of globalisation, discover how Caribbean literature makes its own rules and look at the radical potential of graphic

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    The Global Soul: Imagining the Cosmopolitan

    The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice presents “The Global Soul: Imagining the Cosmopolitan” Spring Symposium in collaboration with the Bath Spa Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education. Participants include John Freeman, Xiaolu Guo, Aleksandar Hemon, Kapka Kassabova, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Taiye Selasi, and Kamila Shamsie. This symposium has been convened by Animatta Forna, and takes place at Georgetown

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    Breaking Ground: Celebrating Writers of Colour

    Read the new Breaking Ground: Celebrating Writers of Colour booklet Speaking Volumes has begun the next chapter of the Breaking Ground project with the launch of a new booklet celebrating writers of colour. We hope that the booklet will be a valuable resource both at home and overseas, demonstrating the wide and varied literature of the UK whilst raising the

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  • Breaking Ground Black British Writers at Green Apple Books, San Francisco 2016_3

    Arts Council funding for international showcases of British BAME writers

    Speaking Volumes secures Arts Council funding to showcase British BAME writers internationally Speaking Volumes is the only literary agency, and one of just four London-based arts organisations, to secure a coveted international grant to showcase talented British black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers to European audiences. The International Showcasing Fund, awarded by Arts Council England, will enable Speaking Volumes to champion the best

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    Breaking Ground USA

    Breaking Ground – Black British Writers US Tour We are about to take Breaking Ground back to the USA for the second part of the tour, starting in April 2016. Click on event titles for more information Thursday 28 April Breaking Ground at Seton Hall, New Jersey with Bernardine Evaristo and Colin Grant   Free and open to the public

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    Stand Up and Spit

    Following the success of last 2015’s London series of Stand Up and Spit we are very excited to tell you that we are once again working with original Ranter Mr. Tim Wells to bring a national Ranting series to the UK.  Over the coming months we will be announcing and presenting Stand Up and Spit events across the country so

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    Olive Senior UK Tour

    Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of fifteen books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s literature. Making a rare visit to the UK, she is taking part in events across the country 2 – 15 October She won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Summer Lightning and was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry Over the Roofs of the

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    European Literature Night 2015

    Welcome to the UK’s seventh European Literature Night! Held simultaneously in 24 cities around the continent, London’s events are a highlight of the capital’s literary calendar. This year we’re delighted to see European Literature Night move beyond just one night as we offer a host of events, from the main night’s plethora of inspiring interviews to a spoken word wonder

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    European Literature Night

    European Literature Night (ELN) is an annual celebration of writing in translation from across the continent. Originally the idea of the Czech Centre, ELN now takes place in 14 cities across Europe on the same night in May, with more cities participating every year. Speaking Volumes has produced the ELN London events since 2012. About European Literature Night London European

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    Of Another World UK Tour 2014-15

    Speaking Volumes presents an exciting collaboration between award-winning poet and playwright Avaes Mohammad and the renowned puppetry theatre company Wax Baby Productions. Of Another World is an immigrant tale highlighting themes of readjustment, rejection and the affected self-esteem of so many of those charged with establishing a new identity in a world unknown to them. This poignant narrative is delivered

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    European Literature Night 2014

    Now in its sixth year, European Literature Night returns once again to celebrate the best of literature from across the continent, an enthralling journey of words across some vivid cultural landscapes. Bigger and bolder than ever before, European Literature Night will present two events this year. European Literature Night: The Writers will be an event of readings and conversation with

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    Poetry Parnassus

    Poetry Parnassus was the largest gathering of international poets in world history. 140 poets, spoken word artists, praise singers, rappers and storytellers performed their work in more than 50 languages over a packed week of events from 26th June to 1st July 2012, in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Poets representing all 204 nations eligible to

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