This month saw
the publication of OTHERS, by Unbound. I know there are so many demands on
your attention, and your reading time, but I would be ever so grateful if you
could see your way to adding it to reading pile. I’m immensely grateful to be
in it, of course, but beyond that: like so many of the anthologies that Unbound
have been pioneers in publishing, it’s a way of not just discovering voices
hopefully new to you but also: perspectives, experiences, opinions. We need to – hopefully, collectively – start to realise
that we are all ‘other’ to someone else, and so with kindness and empathy know
that trying to walk in those shoes is not just a life skill but a super power.
All profits from the book will go to support the work of Refugee Action and
Stop Hate UK. You can get it from Waterstones and all other
– Rishi Dastidar
I’m taking a
show to the Edinburgh Fringe festival with my poetry collective 4 BROWN GIRLS
WHO WRITE. It’s called 4BGWW
presents The Poetry Phamily, and will feature a curated show of poetry, standup
and music, all by people of colour. BUT we need help getting there, as the
admin fees alone have proved to be beyond thousands of pounds, so we’re
crowdfunding to help cover our costs and make sure we can take this unique show
to the Fringe. We’ve already had a few 26 members show their support with kind
pledges – other members can do so here. Tickets to the actual show in
Edinburgh are available via Gilded Balloon here.
– Roshni Goyate
commissioned to make something to mark the British Library being in their St
Pancras building for 20 years. I knew that big, broad cultural-corporate
messages weren’t right. I spent time hanging around
the place and got a little obsessed with the fact that every visitor to the
Library has a unique, niche reason for being there. My idea was to make the
weirdly specific, widely relatable.
The giant banner
spot was going to be free for a few weeks before an advert for the blockbuster
Anglo-Saxon show was due to go up, so we seized that space. And long copy felt
right, we have an audience of readers after all.
The reaction on
social was phenomenal. Huge numbers of heartfelt responses were shared by the
public. One photograph of the advert alone received 12,500 likes and 3,500+
retweets. Other institutions across the world created their own versions. I
made a film using the writing too.
It won the Gold
in Writing for Design at June’s Design Week Awards.
– Tom Sharp
I have a new art
and writing project, Sward (originally ‘skin of the
Earth’) where I am walking the central
reservation of the A240 Kingston Road, from Tolworth Roundabout to the Royal
Borough of Kingston Upon Thames boundary with the Borough of Epsom and Ewell.
– Lucy Furlong
Ladies First – Gracefield Art
Gallery, Dumfries, Scotland
Thirteen writers respond with new texts to artwork made
in the last 70 years by women artists – a project led by 26 member, Vivien
Jones. Works displayed side by side in a free exhibition from early July to