Bare Lit Festival 26-28 February 2016

Bare Lit is a brand new literary festival organised by Media Diversified, a non-profit organisation that cultivates and promotes talented writers of colour. The festival focuses solely on BAME writers in order to highlight the incredible contribution they are making to literature, and to challenge the poor representation that writers of colour have traditionally had at the UK’s largest literary festivals.

Saqi is extremely proud that two of our authors will be participating in Bare Lit’s programme:

Dean Atta, author of I Am Nobody’s Nigger, will be appearing in a panel on second generation poets in exile, alongside fellow poets Jane Yeh, Selina Nwulu and Khairani Barokka.

Courttia Newland, author of The Gospel According to Cane, will give the Royal Literary Fund Lecture, in which he grants the audience access into his manifesto of exploring fictional voice and celebrating self-expression in the work of British writers of colour.


Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. An ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards, he lives in London and teaches writing workshops across the UK.

Courttia Newland is novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He has published 7 novels, amongst which the acclaimed works SnakeskinThe Dying Wish and The Scholar. He is the co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and The Global Village (with Monique Roffey). Newland was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Alfred Fagon Award and the Frank O’ Connor Award. He lives in London.


Panel: Second Generation Poets in Exile

Saturday 27 February at 3.30pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA

Tickets: £8


Royal Literary Fund Lecture

Sunday 28 February at 5pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA

Tickets: £8