An anthology of work from the Scottish BAME Writers Network.

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In early 2019, the Scottish BAME Writers Network partnered with the Scottish Poetry Library to offer writers of colour a space where they could develop their craft as a community. Ceremony is the stunning result. This pamphlet is a collaboration between fifteen remarkable authors, and lives at the intersection of multiple traditions, landscapes, and languages. From pieces that bear witness to injustice, to those that relish in the playfulness of form, Ceremony is both a dazzling compilation of art, and a powerful act of resistance.

Featuring writing by: Raman Mundair, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Pauline Jérémie, Andrés N Ordorica, Etzali Hernández, Jeda Pearl, Lisa Williams, Shehzar Doja, Ning Cai, Archana Goyal, Katalina Watt, Bibi June, Alycia Pirmohamed & Hannah Lavery

Follow the Scottish BAME Writers Network on Twitter: @ScotBAMEwriters

Contributor Biographies:

Raman Mundair – queer, intersectional feminist, activist, artist and author of Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves, A Choreographer’s Cartography, The Algebra of Freedom and Incoming: Some Shetland Voices. @MundairRaman facebook.com/ramanmundair www.shetlandamenity.org/the-artist

Nasim Rebecca Asl is a journalist by trade and a poet at heart. She’s relocated from Aberdeen to Glasgow and has finally found time to start writing a YA novel.

Nadine Aisha Jassat is the author of Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink), and she features in It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador), Nasty Women (404 Ink), and more.

Pauline Jérémie, French-born and Edinburgh-based, is the founder of Middleground, and her own writing has been published in a number of publications, such as PENning Magazine and Beneath The Waves.

Andrés N Ordorica is a queer Latinx writer based in Edinburgh. He creates worlds with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá).

Etzali Hernández (@topimorita); nonbinary latinx queer fierce femme; poet – coder – dj; no borders organiser; narrator of experience and the politics entangled in it.

Jeda Pearl was awarded Cove Park’s 2019 Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Bridge Awards. Her poems and stories are published by TSS Publishing, Momaya Press and Shoreline of Infinity. @jedapearl

Lisa Williams is the Director of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. She runs Black History Walking Tours of Edinburgh and educational workshops in Scottish schools.

Shehzar Doja is published in New Welsh Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Fresh from the Fountain, Fundstücke-Trouvailles. Books include: Drift (2016), I am a Rohingya (2019) with James Byrne.

Ning Cai has a Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Edinburgh. Recipient of the NAC Arts Scholarship 2018, this is her first foray into bilingual poetry.

Archana Goyal is a writer and self published author, 2017 #FeministFest blogger, nominee 2016 #EndtoWriteVAW awards, passionate about women’s rights. She is outgoing, social, and loves communication and connection.

Katalina Watt’s fiction has been featured by Glasgow Women’s Library and in literary anthology Narissa, for which she is creator and editor. She has a forthcoming piece in Haunted Voices.

Bibi June is a non-binary poet, theatre maker and producer. They run ‘In The Works’ spoken word theatre company. Their first pamphlet Begin Again (2017) was published by Speculative Books.

Alycia Pirmohamed is the author of the chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind, published by BOAAT Press. Her work has been published internationally in print and online journals.

Hannah Lavery’s first pamphlet of fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press (2018). Her poetry pamphlet, Finding Seaglass: Poems from The Drift, was recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.


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