Our core programme of work will run in each of the three years and comprises:

  • Delivery of 180 creative writing workshops
  • Run a mentoring programme for at least 15 promising writers
  • Production of five live literature events per year, in addition to the delivery of at least two live literature productions per event at:  National Poetry Day, Black History Month, International Women’s Week.


In addition we will:


  • Develop our young poets’ project to include mentoring, performance and tour opportunities
  • Programme at least one event into MMU Manchester Children’s Book Festival 2014
  • Collaborate with Penguin and Catherine Pellegrino Agency in running our Commonword Diversity Writing For Children Award project.
  • Organise an Asian Literature Festival/Conference
  • Initiate a culture-specific writing development project
  • Publish a digitally downloadable and smart phone readable e-book of LGBT creative writing
  • Develop an anthology of poetry by new writers on the theme of Surveillance and an associated tour
  • Provide on-line creative writing classes via our website



Publication Slated For 2014:

Salaam Shalom  / When Saira Met Sarah: anthology by Muslim Women/Jewish women

Basir Kazmi:   poet (freeverse initiative)

Cheryl Martin: poet  (freeverse initiative)

Surveillance  anthology

LGBT anthology:  anthology