The 2016 debut of London’s Bare Lit Festival with its groundbreaking dedication to the works of diaspora writers and innovative use of crowd-funding, sent a shockwave around the literary world and garnered national and international acclaim.

To coincide with the triumphant return of the festival in 2017, Bare Lit published the first Bare Lit Anthology, showcasing short stories, poems and genre-defying works from award-winning British authors of colour.

We have gathered together an acclaimed panel of festival and anthology contributors to discuss the inspirations and background behind Bare Lit, its impact and relevance in contemporary society and to explore where this unstoppable festival phenomenon might go next.

About The Speakers

Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer and educator.  His poems have been published in The Poetry Review.  His work has also appeared on BBC Radio, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd.  He is currently a Complete Works III fellow and freelance poetry teacher.

Kavita Bhanot

Kavita Bhanot is a writer, editor and activist based between India and England. Her writing has been published widely and her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is editor of the anthology Too Asian, Not Asian Enough, the forthcoming Book of Birmingham, and co-editor of the first Bare Lit anthology.

Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction. In 2016 he was awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing.

About The Chair

Sabbiyah Pervez

Sabbiyah Pervez is a BBC journalist and writer based in Yorkshire. Having been born and raised in Bradford, she has a passion for encouraging diverse minority communities to own and narrate their own stories. She is a fierce advocate of critical thinking and is known to push the boundaries allowing for people to understand a variety of perspectives.