Created by writers for writers, The Great Margin aims to amplify the voices of people writing from the margins of society.
The group wants to hear from any type of writing group that supports isolated writers, including hospital writing groups, community writing groups, nature writing groups, experimental writing groups, writing groups for elderly writers and writing groups for Black writers.
“The Great Margin aims to unite writing groups across the country and to draw attention to the importance of writing for creativity, well-being and for dialogue in times of crisis,” said Bambo Soyinka, Professor of Story at Bath Spa University and founder of Paper Nations.
“We are reaching out to writing groups and projects that approach the theme of ‘diversity’ from a different angle,” explained Soyinka. “For example, members from your group might have a longer-term, deeper understanding of what it means to write from a position of marginalisation or isolation.
"They may want to share their stories about life under lockdown, about their experiences of disability, about what it’s like to be Black and British or about returning to work after lockdown. It is hoped that, by working together, we can help more people to write and share their story.”
Paper Nations has recently set up five new online writing support groups for 50 writers who are facing economic hardship, social deprivation or cultural barriers relating to disability, race, gender and/or caring duties.
The group is working with BBC Upload to give selected writers the chance to record their work and get it aired on BBC Upload, the BBC’s online service which allows users to upload their own content.
BBC Upload has also teamed up with The British Library to record and save new writing for future generations.
“We especially welcome writing that is purely creative, perhaps providing solace, satire or a sideways look at our current shared experiences of marginalisation,” said Soyinka.
“We also want to champion different types of writing, such as Spoken Word, sign language poetry, podcasts or writing for games.”
Submissions to The Great Margin are now open and will close on Monday 3 August 2020 at midday.
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