Bringing Up Boys



Bringing Up Boys: @Fathersuperhero talking WOWLDN Are there fundamental differences in how we bring up boys and girls and do we have unhelpful preconceived ideas about how children of each gender should behave? Are gender-segregated products limiting what boys believe they can be? A panel including poet and performer Nick Makoha, journalistYasmin Alibhai-Brown, and Abi Moore of Pink Stinks campaign discuss if we need to rethink how we bring up boys and whether we are teaching our children to grow up with the tools they need to live in a gender equal world. Continue reading

Being A Man Festival

Over this groundbreaking weekend, men of all ages and from many walks of life lead conversations and Q&As on what it means to be a man today. A group of extraordinary contributors and leaders in their field explore all facets of masculinity and male identity. Subjects range from fatherhood, heroism and the tribal nature of sport to online addictions, sex, war, race and the aspirations men have. The weekend will see the likes of presenter Jon Snow; Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai; hip-hop artist Akala; former gang member Karl Lokko and ex-editor of Loaded Martin Daubney discussing issues ranging from fatherhood, heroism, feminism, sex, the tribal nature of sport, war and race to the aspirations of the modern man. Ally Swadling

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Africa Writes Festival

Africa Fest

Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities. Continue reading

A New Direction

I have been a creative practitioner for Creative Partnerships. By pairing the complementary skills of creative practitioners and teachers, Creative Partnerships helps liberate the creativity of everyone involved, so that fresh and engaging approaches to teaching and learning are developed through collaboration. Continue reading

London Lines

Southbank Centre and  Jaybird Live Literature Present London Lines

I was commissioned as the poet for Southwark as one of 33 poets selected to write 33 poems about all of London’s 33 boroughs Poets from a range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and career points include Jo Shapcott, Iain Sinclair, Inua Ellams and Imtiaz Dharker Poetry installations will pop-up across Southbank Centre’s site Members of the public are invited to contribute to poems at this weekend’s free London Lines poetry project at Southbank Centre Continue reading

Cave Canem

I am becoming  a Cave Canem fellow. To do this one must attend the organization’s week-long writing retreat, offered to emerging African/ American poets. Annually, approximately 30 fellows return for their second and third times; approximately 24 are first-time participants. Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady founded Cave Canem in 1996 with the intuition that African American poets would benefit from having a place of their own in the literary landscape. Continue reading

Yardstick Festival

Yardstic Fest

Taking place in Bristol and Bath, UK, from 27-30 June, Commonwealth Writers has partnered with the festival which features some of the best-established and emerging authors from across the English-speaking African Diaspora. The festival seeks to develop audiences for black authors by creating and promoting a platform for spoken word events in public venues and spaces.  Yardstick Festival 2013 features performances, workshops and seminars from some of today’s most creative and influential Black writers. Continue reading

Wax Lyrical

Wax Lyrical, a six-week performance project for 16-25s not in education, employment or training. Cathy Weatherald worked with the youth engagement team to promote the project and deliver outreach sessions to youth services and community groups London wide. Continue reading