CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – COMMONWORD CHILDREN’S DIVERSITY WRITING PRIZE 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – COMMONWORD CHILDREN’S DIVERSITY WRITING PRIZE  2012

The Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize welcomes submissions from unpublished children’s authors whose fiction embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing. The winner of the prize will receive a £500 cash prize, professional mentoring and £100 worth of Puffin books of the winner’s choice.

The closing date for entries is: 29 February 2012.

To enter, please read the terms and conditions here or you can download the pdf here.

Ghosts and Manchester District Music Archive

Commonword as part of the Ghosts Project is working with Manchester District Music Archive to create a permanent online exhibition of material, to be live for the new year.  More information on the Archive below.

MANCHESTER DISTRICT MUSIC ARCHIVE

MDMArchive is an online community archive designed to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

It is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.

The archive consists of over 7,500 digital artefacts including photos, posters, press articles, flyers and footage uploaded by Manchester music lovers from all over the world.

You can add contribute your artefacts and memories to our archive by becoming a member at www.mdmarchive.co.uk

Superheroes of Slam 2011

Superheroes of Slam 2011

The quest for the ultimate slam poet

Superheroes of Slam, the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2011, is the quest to find the ultimate slam poet with spoken word superpowers. Open to all comers and styles of poetry and spoken word.

The championship will comprise 8 Heats across the North from September to October 2011 with the top poet from each heat competing at a Grand Final on Thursday 20 October 2011 at Yard Theatre, Manchester. The Superhero of Slam Winner will receive a £250 cash prize and the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Cup.

Details of the heats below

HEAT 1 – WIGAN
Thursday 6 September
In association with Write Out Loud

Tudor House
New Market St, Wigan WN1 1SE

8.00pm £3 contribution requested

To enter, email julian@writeoutloud.net
www.writeoutloud.net

HEAT 2 – OLDHAM
Thursday 22 September
In association with Oldham Libraries

Oldham Library
Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL

7pm      £2 on door     Box office: 0161 770 8000

To enter, call Punam Ramchurn 0161 770 8016
www.oldham.gov.uk/libraries

HEAT 3 – MANCHESTER OPEN
Thursday 29 September

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 Concs

To enter, email martin@cultureword.org.uk
www.cultureword.org.uk

HEAT 4 – MANCHESTER YOUTH
Thursday 6 October
In association with Young Identity

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 concs

To enter, email youngidentitymcr@googlemail.com
www.youngidentity.org

HEAT 5 – NEWCASTLE
Sunday 9 October
In association with Wor Poets

Barkolo
22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4P

6.30pm     £3/£2 if you bring a friend

To enter, email artsconnect@hotmail.co.uk
www.facebook.com/worpoets

HEAT 6 – LEEDS
Wednesday 12 October
In association with Leeds Young Authors

Seven Arts
31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

8pm     £5/£3.50 on door

To enter, email kibrahiim@yahoo.co.uk
www.sevenleeds.co.uk

HEAT 7 – CREWE
Thursday 13 October
In association with Axis Arts Centre

Axis Arts Centre
Crewe Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe CW1 5DU

7pm     £5

To enter, email Martin@cultureword.org.uk
www.axisartscentre.org.uk

HEAT 8 – LIVERPOOL
Friday 14 October
In association with Writing On The Wall

Bluecoat Arts Centre
School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

7.30pm     £4/£2 concs     Box office: 0151 702 5324

To enter, contact Madeline 0151 703 0020 or info@writingonthewall.org.uk
www.thebluecoat.org.uk

GRAND FINAL – MANCHESTER
Thursday 20 October

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 concs

www.cultureword.org.uk

The Nile Club – Ghosts Project

The Nile Club was a well established part of the community.

Everyone knew about it, and though people had varying opinions on the club, it provided a place for everyone to go and have fun.

“The Nile Club was well established and there was never any fights in there, and it was run properly and everybody was having a dance and everybody met up and had a chat.  Everybody loved going to The Nile Club.” (Dorothy Skinner)

“I went to the Nile, used to go from downstairs, upstairs. But I can count on me hands how many times I went to the Nile. It was a place where women went, Some would take their shopping with them and go in. And they’d done their shopping and they were there for the night, put their groceries at the side and they were getting bladdered. One opened a tin of… I don’t know whether it was dog food or cat food, and ate it. Cause she was hungry. It was very rough. Very rough.” (Dorothy Jasper)

If you have any images or memories of The Nile Club/ Moss Side and Hulme, let us know!