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  • Upcoming Event: Where are you from?

    Mon 22 Feb 2016
    7:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Microphone

    Exiled Writers Ink presents an extraordinary evening on identity and origins involving a production for the BBC World Service. 'Something happened in the Levant' is a musical poetic comedy of a disaster, in broken English, by BBC personality Behzad Bolour and his BBC crew. The evening will feature the poetry of Alev Adil, Amarjit… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: PEN Atlas presents: Words cannot be killed: Freedom of expression in Bangladesh

    Wed 24 Feb 2016
    7:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Dhaka

    In 2015, there were four deadly attacks on bloggers in Bangladesh and these chilling incidents highlight the risks for writers who exercise their right to free speech. Many international human rights organisations, including English PEN, have called for the government of Bangladesh to safeguard and defend freedom of expression and to end the culture of impunity. Marking the one year anniversary… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: What does liberation in literature look like?

    Sat 27 Feb 2016
    11:00am

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Bare Lit Festival

    Can literature liberate? This five-panel discussion will see non-fiction writers and fiction writers in conversation to explore what role literature has in politics, personal exploration, equality and justice. Guests include Xiaolu Guo, Leila Aboulela, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Radhika Swarup and Sareeta Domingo. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract the trend of equating literary merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing variety… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: (Re)writing Pasts & Futures

    Sat 27 Feb 2016
    1:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Bare Lit Festival

    Enter a space of unfettered imagination as we bring together fantasy and fiction novelists Tendai Huchu, Zen Cho, Haris Durrani and Tosin Coker in an exclusive discussion chaired by genealogist Patrick Vernon OBE on Historical Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Sci-fi and Afrofuturism. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract the trend of equating literary merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: Second generation poets in exile

    Sat 27 Feb 2016
    3:30pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Bare Lit Festival

    Come along for exclusive panel on second generation poets in exile, chaired by Malika Booker, an award-winning poet and founder of the writers collective Malika’s Kitchen. The panel features internationally celebrated poet Jane Yeh, Young Poet Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu, and spoken word artists and poets Khairani Barokka and Dean Atta. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: What lies ahead for publishing?

    Sun 28 Feb 2016
    2:30pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    BLF: What lies ahead for publishing?

    Industry professionals from specialist publishers, including Jacaranda and Darf Books, discuss their work, what they look for when seeking new talent, and their visions of what lies ahead, in a discussion facilitated by Esther Kuforiji, founder of The Jeli. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract the trend of equating literary merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing variety of… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: Anthony Anaxagorou in conversation with Raymond Antrobus

    Sun 28 Feb 2016
    3:45pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    BLF: Raymond and Anthony

    Poets Anthony Anaxagorou and Raymond Antrobus explore issues of identity, history, racism, love and loss as they relate to poetry. Before this discussion, join us for what is sure to be a mesmerising performance by Anthony. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract the trend of equating literary merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing variety of work currently being produced… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Bare Lit Festival: The Royal Literary Fund Lecture with Courttia Newland

    Sun 28 Feb 2016
    5:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    BLF: Courttia Newland

    Courttia Newland delivers a lecture - 'Finding the Way: Voice and the Writer of Colour' - granting us special access into his manifesto of exploring fictional voice and celebrating self-expression in the work of British writers of colour. Bare Lit Festival aims to counteract the trend of equating literary merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing variety of work… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Few Women in the History: Tackling imbalances in international literature

    Thu 10 Mar 2016
    6:45pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Books

    Commentators such as VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Biblibio (Meytal Radzinski) and Three Percent (Chad W. Post) present statistics that clearly show a bias in publishing towards books written by men, whether in English or not. Books from the outside of what is traditionally considered “the centre” of the literary world in the West and books by… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Using the FOI Act!: Practical training for requesters

    Mon 14 Mar 2016
    9:45am

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    FOI 2000

    Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? Making a FOI request is straightforward, but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests that ask for too much information can be refused – and some information… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: “That Damned Thing She Said”: 4 short stories from China

    Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

    Mon 14 Mar 2016
    6:45pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    With International Women’s Day (8 March) in mind, Read Paper Republic has selected 4 short stories from China that focus on highly-charged issues such as sexual freedom, political disappearances, “left-over” women, and compromising situations. A woman trapped in a loveless marriage has an awkward, but ultimately empowering, one-night stand. A wife comes home to find her… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: TLC: Editing Skills Workshop

    A TLC workshop with Richard Sheehan

    Tue 15 Mar 2016
    5:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    TLC Editing Workshop

    Following on from the success of the Editing Masterclass with professional book editor Richard Sheehan in 2015, leading editorial consultancy The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has designed a two-hour workshop for writers and aspiring editors that focuses on skills training in editing. Richard will give an overview of the evolution of the editing process within the context of the publishing industry and… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: ‘Multilingual Creativity Series’: Performing and visual arts

    Wed 16 Mar 2016
    2:00pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Classroom performance

    Performing and visual arts Case studies and workshop How can visual and performing arts be used to support multilingual creativity? Come and experience some of the artistic approaches being developed to promote multilingual creativity, and discuss what your own work has to offer in this area. To book a place for any event in this series, please email rsvp@freewordcentre… Read more

  • Past Event: English PEN presents: Inspirations with Grayson Perry

    Tue 29 Mar 2016
    7:00pm

    Royal Geographical Society Ondaatje Theatre

    Grayson Perry

    English PEN presents an evening with Grayson Perry. Perry will select the works that have influenced him most and discuss these with a live audience. Launched in 2011, 'Inspirations' offers the chance to discover the major influences in the lives and careers of leading figures in the arts. Previous speakers have included Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Kwesi Johnson and the late… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Travel Writing Workshop

    Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm from 6 April

    The Astor Room

    Peter Carty

    Do you want to be a travel writer? Then why not come along to the four-week travel writing evening class starting at Free Word Centre on Thursday 9th April? The classes will help participants to write travel features and sell them to newspapers, magazines and websites. The travel writing courses are led by Peter Carty. Peter contributes to the… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Tilted Axis Press launch party

    Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

    Mon 11 Apr 2016
    7:00pm

    Free Word Hall

    Tilted Axis Press

    To kick off London Book Fair week, Tilted Axis Press are holding a party to celebrate their launch; Tilted Axis is a not-for-profit publishing company on a mission to shake up contemporary international literature, spotlighting translation and transgression. Since their successful Arts Council bid last year, they’ve been scouring the globe for the most excitingly original contemporary fiction… Read more