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New Writers Programme

Kala Kahani, a Loughborough-based South Asian arts project, invites fledgling writers based in the East Midlands to participate in a programme of activities over the next year to encourage and nurture their writing careers, funded by Arts Council East Midlands. The scheme is aimed primarily at writers of South Asian origin but also welcomes applications from writers interested in the issues around Indo-British culture and relations.
We plan to run a series of activities across a whole range of disciplines such as poetry, novel and short story writing, reportage, biography, travel writing and writing for children, all led by professional writers and teachers. The activities offered will include regular writers' surgeries, a manuscript reading service, writers 'workshops, and a programme of interesting readings, as well as residential events.
We are also developing our website to become an online community for writers across the region and beyond. It will offer participants on the programme the opportunity to publish their work online and space to promote themselves and their work. Kala Kahani will work to ensure that publishing houses,literary agencies and radio producers are made aware of this resource of new talent.
Participation in the scheme is by application to the Project Manager, Rebecca Abrahams on rebecca.abrahams@charnwood-arts.org.uk or write to me at Charnwood Arts, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DU
To apply for a place on the scheme please send a letter, telling us something about yourself, your interests and your aspirations as a writer, and about any work that you have had published. Please also include examples of your recent work or work in progress which will give us an idea of your style (up to three poems or one short story or 6 pages of non-fiction prose).