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Workshop announcement: …writing gives good head

13 January 2022, 7-8PM BST

Start the new year by unleashing your creative writing skills with the amazing DG! Please email us at queerqandi@gmail.com to receive a Zoom invitation.

Exploring ways in which the creative process through written or spoken word can free headspace; we are often told to keep everything in and at times that is wholly appropriate. However, allowing the release of thoughts in ways that aren’t limited by expectation can maintain and even enhance mental health. We can use expletives, describe desires, capture realities and give them shape. In this safe space, feelings will have flesh. Writing will be used as a way to unlock your mind’s voice.

DG says: I write short fiction, poetry under the name of DG Coutinho. I perform and host spoken word events for Women and Non-binary people of colour under the name of DGC. My book Prodigal Honey was long listed in the 2015 Exeter Novel prize. My book The Light and Shade of Ellen Swithin won the Harvill Secker crime writing award 2021. I write Human Rights reports for equality and diversity NGOs Age Assessments and Court as Dettie Gould. I have never had a full length novel published, although I have three including one YA fairy tale and a lit-light waiting for recognition on my laptop. My short stories Pages for the Commute and Novella Tonguetied were self published and created a small fan base. One story Carpe Noctem I have also developed as a script. I’m a Liverpool FC fan and virulent coffee snob. I identify as a Queer Black Writer and feel lucky to know South Asian and West African cultures as my heritage.

*Please note this workshop is open to all who identify as an LGBTQIA+ BIPOC
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This event forms part of our Mental Health and Communal Care Project. We offer our sincerest thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and the Evelyn Trust for granting us the funds to make this project possible. We would also like to thank Encompass Network for facilitating and providing ongoing administrative support.

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