Applications are now open for Covert Talent Development Programme 2023-24

Organisation: Writing
Deadline: 08/12/23
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Writing Our Legacy are pleased to open applications for our third Covert Talent Development Programme 2023-24, thanks to support from Arts Council England.

This is a great opportunity for 12 Black, Asian and ethnically diverse/BPOC writers UK wide to develop their writing practice with a range of professional writers, who will provide an online programme of creative writing workshops and mentoring from January to April 2024. There are 8 spaces for writers in England and 4 for writers in the UK.

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The theme for Covert Literary Magazine Issue 4 is Handmade/Made By Hand. We welcome Guest Editors Sean Wai Keung and Titilayo Farukuoye, who are based in Glasgow, Scotland, and Elaine Chiew, who is based in the South East of England. Our Guest Editorial Team includes Zita Holbourne, Alinah Azadeh and Tammye Huf.

The deadline to apply to the Talent Development Programme is Friday 8 December 2023 9am.

For our theme, we are thinking of all things food, arts and crafts — and more. That lace doily or the knitted cardigan. The homemade dumplings, chapatis, tortillas, stew, breads and chutneys. The artisan made guitars, drums and other musical instruments. Rugs, tapestry, beaded work, stained glass. Even nail art. What can you think of that is made by hand? How might your craft and writing practices cross-fertilise? How do these other creative practices open up personal, social, cultural, historical or intersectional insights? Here’s your chance to explore the self-taught and expert made from the diaspora and Global Majority communities.

Sean Wai Keung adds:

“Handmade to me means human-touched, person-specific and one-of-a-kind. That could be something as intricate as a wood-carving or as in-the-moment as a slice of toast, something destined for the privacy and comfort of ourselves or for the giving love and kinship of others. It is embracing imperfections, experimentations and mistakes as part of the process and collaborating with nature on structure, form or content.”

Covert submission dates will be announced in January 2024, for the Spring/Summer edition.

More information is available here. 

Organisation: Writing
Deadline: 08/12/23
Apply Online