Breaking Ground by Speaking Volumes

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Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions’ 2017-18 initiative, the Arts Council England-funded Breaking Ground project aims “to sheds light on how it makes social, political and economic sense to back UK writers of colour and to put them centre stage. Taking British black, Asian and minority ethnic artists to Europe as well as making samples of their work available in translation, Breaking Ground offers the chance to build international networks and connections and to develop writers’ careers across borders and languages.”

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As part of Breaking Ground a booklet of 200 BAME writers has been launched today at the London Book Fair. This includes 200 contemporary British BAME authors and Speaking Volumes hope that the booklet will be a valuable resource both at home and overseas, demonstrating the wide and varied literature of the UK.

It contains poets, novelists, screenwriters, essayists and playwrights such as Monica Ali, Biyi Bandele, Malorie Blackman, Helen Oyeyemi, Sathan Sanghera and Kit de Waal. I am very proud to be included, along with my genre writing friends,  V.H. Leslie and Dev Agarwal.

View the entire booklet online.

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Speaking Volumes is an organisation dedicated to live literature events
around the world. They have worked with the European Commission to produce a number of literary events in translation and collaborated with EUNIC London (the Heads of the European Cultural Institutions) to produce European Literature Night at the British Library.

Their clients have included the South Asian Literature Festival, The British Council, The Dutch Arts Council, London Book Fair and Free Word Centre. In 2012, they ran Poetry Parnassus on Tour, the largest UK poetry tour of international artists ever produced, in partnership with Southbank Centre. SBC has asked them to programme a number of Parnassus events for the London Literature Festival in 2013. Their future plans in addition to AfroEuropes 2013 include a 100 Poet Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2013/14 and a tour of Botswana with Afro-European artists

Speaking Volumes was set up by Sharmilla Beezmohun and Sarah Sanders after leaving PEN International in May 2010. The team also includes Nick Chapman, who previously worked as a Project Assistant for the British Council’s Literature Team.

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MOTHERHOOD OF THE MONSTROUS: NO COWARD SOUL IS MINE by CATE GARDNER

February and Women in Horror Month may be over but Jim Mcleod has made Motherhood of The Monstrous a permanent feature on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website.

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The latest offering is Cate Gardner with No Coward Soul is Mine, part of a series celebrating our favourite influential female authors and the ones we’re reading now.

I’m deeply humbled by what Cate’s written and proud to be part of a community where we have people like Jim Mcleod championing horror in all its forms.

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Cate Garder’s stories have appeared in Black Static, The Dark, Shimmer and Postscripts. She was a double British Fantasy Award nominee in 2016.  Her novellas The Theatre of Curious Acts and The Bureau of Them are available from Amazon.co.uk.

www.categardner.net

Realejo JAM, Granada 28th Feb 2017

We’re lucky enough to be in Granada, Spain – home of the Alhambra and El Niño de las Pinturas, who is described as the city’s equivalent of Banksy. His art can be found in the Barrio Realejo area.

By chance we came upon Realejo JAM, an organised event. Sadly my Spanish is poor so I couldn’t talk to the artists but it was great to watch them.

 

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Motherhood of the Monstrous Interviews

 

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Jim Mcleod of Ginger Nuts of Horror is celebrating Women in Horror month with Motherhood of the Monstrous:

“Ginger Nuts of Horror is proud to be supporting Women In Horror Month. For the whole of February (and probably a fair bit of March, thanks to the level of response)we will be featuring a backwards / looking forwards series of guest articles that look at some of the female writers who have influenced this generation of writers, and the writers who are emerging on the scene now that we should all be paying attention to. We are proud to have some of the finest horror writers contributing to the series ( if you want names then you just have to check out the site ), as a well as a series of supplementary reviews, interviews and news articles as well.”

So far we’ve had Nancy Kilpatrick, Laura Mauro, Thana Niveau, Tracy Fahey, Lynda E. Rucker, Catriona Ward, Michelle Garza, Jessica McHugh, Georgina Bruce and Damien Angelica Walters, just to name a few.

Check out Motherhood of the Monstrous here.

Black Feathers giveaway on Goodreads

Goodreads are giving away 10 copies of Black Feathers. Enter here by 6th March 2017.

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At the end, eerie is the word that best describes the sensation of reading Black Feathers. Eerie people, eerie situations, eerie landscapes, and most of all eerie birds to haunt imaginations and trouble dreams.
Highly recommended.

-Michael R.Collings for Hellnotes (full review)

 

 

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BSFA Awards 2016

Congratulations to artist Tara Bush for her nomination for a British Science Fiction Association Award for her cover of Black Static #53 (above).

I’m so excited to announce that my cover art for issue #53 of Black Static magazine has been shortlisted for an award at the BSFA Awards in the category of Best Artwork. Thank you to everyone who nominated, and also to Andy Cox of TTA Press for putting it on the cover! It is really […]

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The nominations contain some terrific work, so congratulations to all who made the list.

Best Novel

Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz)
Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)
Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz)
Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press)

Best Short Fiction

Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)
Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266)
Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)

Best Non-Fiction

Rob Hansen – THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980 (Ansible Editions)
Erin Horáková – Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven (Strange Horizons)
Anna McFarlane – Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Paul Graham Raven – New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com)
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction to The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage)

Best Artwork

Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)
Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53)
Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)
David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press)
Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)

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Mark West’s Women in Horror Mixtape

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Following on from Mark West’s Brit Horror Mixtape and American Horror Mixtape, where Mark asked writers to name their favourite short shories, he’s done a Women in Horror Mixtape to celebrate the 8th Annual Women in Horror month.

Thanks to Mark for including me in the project. I’ve loved reading everyone’s responses and discovering horror shorts that are new to me.

 

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The Reapers are coming

Book Trailer for Devil’s Highway, the second novel in the acclaimed Black Road Quartet by Simon Bestwick.
https://theblackroadsite.wordpress.com/

 

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Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

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Black Feathers is a masterful presentation of dark avian-themed shorts. From the jarring, owl-like turn of a head, to the blood-flecked beaks, to the sinister gifts left by all-seeing pigeons, to the replacement eggs hatched… Eddie Generous for Unnerving Magazine (Full review)

Black Feathers is out now from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

 

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