Scottish Black Writers Group  August 2022

Scottish Black Writers Group August 2022

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A free writers group for Black writers across the UK and Ireland facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye.

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Scottish Black Writers Group

Scottish Black Writers Group is a free writers group facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye. It is a monthly event open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life - writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join us.

This month's guest: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi!

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan fiction writer. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 . Her second book is a collection of short stories, Manchester Happened for the UK/Commonwealth publication and Let’s Tell This Story Properly (for US/Canada publication). It was shortlisted for The Big Book prize: Harper’s Bazaar. Her third book, The First Woman for UK/Commonwealth and A Girl is a Body of Water for USA/Canada publication came out in Autumn 2020. It won the Jhalak Prize Book of the Year 2021, was shortlisted for The Diverse Book Award 2021, the Encore Prize 2021, the James Tait Black Prize 2021 and longlisted for The Aspen Words Literary Prize 2021.

Jennifer is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She won the Global Commonwealth Short story prize 2014 for her short story, Let’s Tell This Story Properly. She is a Cheuse International Writing Fellow (2019) a KNAW-NAIS Fellow (2021) and a DAAD – artist-in-Berlin Fellow 2022. She has a PhD from Lancaster University and has been (senior) lecturer at several universities in Britain.

Your Facilitator

Titilayo Farukuoye is an Austrian-Nigerian writer and organiser based in Glasgow. They strive to dismantle structural oppression and concern themselves with community care and climate justice. Titilayo co-directs SBWN and the Anti-racist Educator, in 2018 they curated Our (In)visible Strengths, an exhibition celebrating Scottish African a. Afro-Caribbean communities. Their poetry featured at Fringe of Colour, 2020 Mixtape, Wrapped Up in This and Edinburgh Multicultural Festival. Media4Change and Future News Worldwide have recognised Titilayo’s journalistic work.


Before participating in this online event, please note the following:

  • Tickets are free or Pay What You Can.
  • All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
  • You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
  • Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Please add your access requirements during registration (for example BSL/in-person captioner) and we'll do our best to provide.
  • For participants on low incomes, we have some bursaries for data (£7) and caregiver/childcare (£30) for online events; plus travel (within Scotland) for in-person events.

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Scottish BPOC Writers Network (SBWN) is an advocacy group connecting Scottish BPOC writers with the wider literary sector in Scotland, facilitating necessary conversations around inclusive programming, delivering a programme of BPOC-led events and providing an online community for BPOC (Black people, People of Colour) writers based in or from Scotland.

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