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INSCRIBE - NEXT! Speculative Fiction Workshop with Ronnie McGrath

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NEXT! A Speculative Fiction Workshop

‘Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real.’ -Baudrillard

In light of an atmosphere of ‘fake news’, the relationship between fact and fiction has become harder to define. Furthermore the advent of new technologies such as artificial intelligence has marked the beginning of a post-human era where the very concept of what it means to be a human being will become increasingly difficult to tie down. Also freed from the once rigid borders of their categorisation are the notions of gender and race.

The porous nature of our era has huge implication on how we think about, write and construct our fictional world(s). For example, if melanin were a rare and highly sought after compound that could save the planet, would ‘Black’ people acquire a God like status in the eyes of those who run the world, or would the corporatisation of this invaluable resource usher in a new form of slavery?

Among many other things, in this workshop we will draw on the necessary techniques and ideas to explore such categories as the ‘human’, race, gender and sexuality in a highly explorative way so as to produce unique pieces of speculative fiction that sheds light on the constructed nature of our contemporary world.

Ronnie McGrath (aka “ronsurreal”) is a socially conscious visual artist, poet and novelist. He teaches creative writing at Imperial College London and in a diverse range of educational settings. A former creative writing Director at The University of The Arts London, he is also a founding member of the now defunct musical group The London Afro Blok, who toured throughout Europe and performed for the Queen. In 1993, he was commended for his writing by ACER, which later published and awarded him first place for his writing. He is the author of two poetry collections, Gumbo Talk (2010) and Data Trace (2010), the novel On the Verge of Losing It (2005), and the chapbook, Poems from the Tired Lips of Newspapers (2003). He has work in IC3, The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, Filigree (2018), and the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, 2Leaf Press (2017). Ronnie has published paintings in Callaloo: Journal of African American Arts and Letters – The Politics Issue and in 2008, appeared on the BBC4 documentary Front Room. To date he has held a solo exhibition of his paintings at Goldsmiths College (2018) and delivered a talk: The Consciousness of Black Art, at Bristol University. He is currently working on a novel which takes a unique approach to the Windrush Generation.



Call for Submissions for the new Inscribe fiction anthology, NEXT! (a working title).

Inscribe announce the call for original short stories for their next anthology of fiction, edited by the internationally renowned and award-winning writer Leone Ross.

The genre for this new anthology is speculative fiction. There is no specific subject matter or theme -- anything goes, as long as it’s good. What we are looking for is the weird and the unusual.

CLOSING DATE 1 DEC 2019

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS: https://peepaltreepress.submittable.com/submit/140734/next-inscribe-anthology



Event in association with NEW WRITING SOUTH, with special thanks to AKILA RICHARDS

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