SO:Write Book Launch

Date: Sunday 4 November 2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: John Hansard Gallery
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Join us for the launch of our fantastic SO:Write anthologies, packed full of talent, and written entirely by our SO:Write groups and Writers in Residence.

All of the anthologies will be available for sale.

This event may be recorded for marketing and promotional purposes.

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SO:Write Women


Lead by Winner of the Bath Novel Award 2014, Joanna Barnard, the SO:Write Women have been creating poetry and prose for the past two years. Their groups meet at the Art House Cafe and Southampton City Library.

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SO:Write – Mayflower Young Writers


Lead by Winner of Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize 2016, Susmita Bhattacharya, the SO:Write Young Writers have been working on a series of creative writing projects. Their groups meet at the Mayflower Theatre every week.

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Writers in Residence

Nazneen Ahmed
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Nazneen lives Southampton. She is a historian of migration in the geography department at University College London with extensive experience of running creative workshops with community groups. She is an embroiderer and writes creative non-fiction, fiction for children and adults, and poetry, often inspired by material she discovers in her research on migration and her work with archives. She was selected as one of 12 mentees from 2000 applicants for the 2016/17 round of Penguin Random House’s Write Now Live mentorship scheme which aims to support and publish underrepresented writers. She is working on a historical fantasy novel for older middle grade readers and is represented by Louise Lamont at LBABooks.

As the SO:Write Libraries’ Writer in Residence, Nazneen began her residency by running storytimes themed around The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and wrote a creative, decolonial response to the classic children’s story which can be read on the SO:Write Stories blog. She is now running two participatory projects at Central Library: SO:Write Stories, an archive-based creative writing; and SO:Write Sew, an embroidery group; with a view to an exhibition and publication at the end of the residency.

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Iain Morrison

After he finished a degree in music at University of Cambridge, Iain moved to Bristol where he developed a cross-artform practice. He moved back to his home, Edinburgh, in 2010, where he balances independent creative projects with a role at the city’s Fruitmarket Gallery.

His performance work includes The Library is Open! a night of drag queen poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library that bagged a Creative Edinburgh award, and a durational presentation of the complete Emily Dickinson poems which he toured to Berlin.

He has a book of poems I’m A Pretty Circler coming out later this year with Glasgow publisher Vagabond Voices.

He is Writer in Residence at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. Read Iain’s Writer in Residnce blog here.

Presented in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton.

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