New Writers Project

Bijli is excited to announce that we will be working with Maryam Hamidi, Raisah Ahmed, Hannah Lavery, and Tawona Sithole.

Bringing together these four inspiring writers for the first time, each of them will be creating a digital writing class that will form part of our Bijli New Writers Project.

About the Project

The Bijli New Writers Project is an initiative to support the creative expression and skills of underrepresented communities in Scotland.

The project will work with people who are at the very early stages of their writing journey and provide them with a series of engaging and accessible online writing classes, peer support and network outreach. This will be followed by group mentoring sessions delivered by experienced professional Scottish or Scotland-based writers from diverse backgrounds, including our very own Mariem Omari.

The digital writing classes will focus on writing for the stage or screen, and explore aspects including,  how to become a writer, voice, and the process of writing. Created in consultation with our communities, the classes will designed by Digital Designer and Social Media Coordinator, Leila Talmadge and supported by writer, director, performer and filmmaker, Stephen Barnes.

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"We need more storytellers that reflect the diversity of Scotland and the world we live in. By creating a highly accessible writing course and program, we want to break down barriers and increase the breadth of voices in the arts in Scotland," - said Artistic Director of Bijli, Mariem Omari