Commonword, Puffin Books and Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency (RCW) are pleased to announce a partnership for the Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize, to be awarded annually from 2012. The prize will be the culmination of fortnightly Commonword writing workshops in Manchester and an annual Puffin and RCW-sponsored masterclass for budding writers who exhibit potential in children’s fiction writing for 7+ to teenage. The winning writer must embrace ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or within their writing. The winning writer will receive a £500 cash prize, professional mentoring and £100 of Puffin books.
We’ll be publishing photos from all future events, so we thought we’d start off with a few photos from events in the last three or four years, to give you a flavour of what we do.
As a lot of our events are indoors in difficult conditions for photography (we tend not to use flash as it can be somewhat off putting for performers) we usually end up with a mixture of unphotoshopped and photoshopped images. Spot the difference!
These images are from the Love Versus Lust tour in 2007, with two teams of poets, one lust and one love, battling it out to win the audience vote. Love generally won, but then it usually does. So we’re told, anyway.
If you want to know a bit more about how the shows went there’s reviews and feedback on the Write Out Loud site here.
The Commonword Ghosts Projects is looking for volunteer interviewers. Ghosts is an Heritage Lottery Fund Project in Manchester centred on the Nile, Reno and PSV clubs that played a key role in bringing together as a community those people who migrated from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
Volunteers will be paired with young people from the community and will gather anecdotal evidence and memoirs from elders in the Caribbean community. In order to facilitate this you will receive training in audio recording to ‘archives’ standard.
The project will go on to create a publication and website based on the material gathered, highlighting the origins of the modern Caribbean community in Manchester and the richness and diversity of its contribution to our civic history.