Scottish Black Wrirers Group

Scottish Black Writers Group with Leila Aboulela

During Black History Month, we partnered with Scottish BAME Writers Network to launch the Scottish Black Writers Group. The next meeting of the group is set for Thursday 19th November and features writers Leila Aboulela and Dean Atta.

November 17, 2020

During Black History Month, we partnered with Scottish BAME Writers Network to launch the Scottish Black Writers Group. The next meeting of the group is set for Thursday 19th November and features writers Leila Aboulela.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a new, free writers group facilitated by our Co-Director Dean Atta and in association with Scottish PEN. It is a monthly event open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

Scottish Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life – writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join.

You may sign up for one, several or all writers group events.

About Leila Aboulela

Leila was born in Cairo, grew up in Khartoum and moved in her mid-twenties to Aberdeen. She is the author of five novels, ‘Bird Summons’, ‘The Translator’, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, ‘The Kindness of Enemies’, ‘Minaret and Lyrics Alley’, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of migration and Islamic spirituality. She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her story collection, ‘Elsewhere, Home’ won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. Leila’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize. Her plays ‘The Insider’, ‘The Mystic Life’ and others were broadcast on BBC Radio. She is Honorary President of the Society for the Study of the Sudans and a Fellow of the RSA.

Calendar of events

Third Thursday of the month, 7-9 pm

Thu 19th November, with Leila Aboulela

Thu 17th December, with Delia Jarrett-Macauley

Please find full details for each event and access info below.

Please be mindful when booking. The Scottish Black Writers Group is for writers based across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.