8th Black & Asian Writers Conference and Festival 2016, Manchester

The Conference was amazing! 
Organised by Cultureword at various venues such as Chapter One Books, Central Library, MadLab and Contact, the event was rich with conversations. The programming partners – Manchester Literature Festival and Black Gold Arts Festival worked seamlessly together. 
The panellists bought their amaxing insights and experiences to the table to include: Adam Beyonce Lowe, Bny Hermitt, Samira Sawlani, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Anjum Malik, Courttia Newland, Dr Jennifer Makumbi, Haamid Sharif, Keisha Thompson, Sanjay Lago, Shruti Chauhan, Benji Reid, Dawn Walton, Javaad Alipoor, Yolanda Mercy, Christina Fonthes, Erica Jarnes, Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Pasha A Ab, JJ Bola , Col Bashir, Charlotte Maxwell, Desiree Reynolds, Radikal Queen, Ian Bobb, Tariq Mehmood , Kavita Bhanot, Nii Parkes, Sandeep Parmar, Cee Bangura, Yomi Sode; and the exhibiting artists, Sarbjit Kaur, Ian Bobb, Bethany Hermitt, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Christina Fonthes & Thabo Imasiku and myself! 
The monologue performers in the evening festival included Lucy Miller-Sheen, Claire Hynes, Christina Fonthes and Seni Seneviratna followed by the phenomenal poet, Lemn Sissay, ever the charasmatic orator. 
It was an excellent end to a powerfully informative day! 

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