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Renaissance One: diversifying Literature

Renaissance One is an independent arts company that produces, curates and galvanises literature. We promote high-quality literature of all kinds.  We highlight global voices in contemporary Britain, and the diverse literatures that its writers, artists and communities produce. Our name is inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and the European Renaissance through an ethos towards  rebirth and artistic freedom.

Since 1999, we have worked with leading and emerging voices in contemporary transcultural writing, including Andrew 'Mulletproof' Graves, Ali Smith, Chris Ofili, Penny Pepper, Gary Younge, Kerry Young, Caroline Bird, Sophie Woolley and Romesh Gunesekera. Our agency  arm represents writers for bookings including Kei Miller, John Agard, Patience Agbabi and Mark Gwynne Jones. Annually, we tour a Caribbean, US or Europe-based writer to audiences in England, which has included Amiri Baraka, Sharon Millar, Paul Beatty, Caryl Phillips, Jessica Care Moore and Lauren K. Alleyne.

Our producers and creatives are located around England to reflect our national reach. Integral to what we do is cultural activism through production, mentoring, and business success as a BAME led organisation that reflects our diversity throughout our organisation and networks. 

We push for greater diversity in the arts, and we shape education programmes to inspire communities.  


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