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The Writers' Corner Podcast with Reshma Ruia

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The Writers' Corner Podcast with Reshma Ruia
The Writers' Corner Podcast with Reshma Ruia
Reshma Ruia is a writer and poet. She has a PhD and Master’s in Creative Writing from Manchester University. Her first novel, Something Black in the Lentil Soup, was described in the Sunday Times as ‘a gem of straight-faced comedy’. She has published a poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, and a short story collection, Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness. Her work has appeared in international anthologies and journals, and commissioned by the BBC, among others. Reshma is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani – a writers’ collective of British South Asian writers. Her latest novel is Still Lives. In this podcast, she shares with Joy Francis what excites her about the short story genre, reads from her latest novel Still Lives and explains her passion for centring the narratives of 'othered' communities from migrants to immigrants - 'everyday heroes on the margins of history'.
24:06
November 16, 2022
In Conversation with Hari Ramakrishnan a.k.a Pariah Khan
In Conversation with Hari Ramakrishnan a.k.a Pariah Khan
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation podcast with your host Heather Marks. This month's guest is Hari Ramakrishnan a.k.a Pariah Khan: writer, comedian, professional wrestling manager and filmmaker. In this episode we discuss An Indian Abroad, Pariah's latest theatre production which recently finished its UK tour; Slice, his short film for Channel 4's Random Acts; and creative practice - how does one juggle multiple disciplines and actually network? Hit subscribe if you enjoyed this episode and let us know in the likes and comments! #WofCPod Music: Broke for Free - Layers (Only Knows) License: bit.ly/1xIMXnA
22:16
July 17, 2022
In Conversation with Matthew Xia
In Conversation with Matthew Xia
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation Podcast! Hosted by Heather Marks, this podcast features creatives of colour discussing their work, practice and much more. In this episode, Heather speaks to Matthew Xia, artistic director of the Actors Touring Company and touring director of Kemp Powers' award-winning play One Night in Miami. Matthew discusses why One Night in Miami is a story for now, the principles of his practice as a director, theatre as communal and accessible, and Amsterdam - his first production as AD of ATC. Hit subscribe if you enjoyed this episode and let us know in the likes and comments! #WofCPod Music: Only Knows by Broke for Free (License: bit.ly/1xIMXnA)
18:08
July 17, 2022
In Conversation with Lily Green
In Conversation with Lily Green
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation Podcast! Hosted by Heather Marks, this podcast is a platform for creatives of colour to discuss their work, practice and much more. In this episode, Heather speaks to Lily Green, founder and lead artist of No Bindings, a publisher that is changing the way we experience literature. Lily shares the intriguing origins of No Bindings in Literatura de Cordel, the anxieties of being a young creative, and how print, audio and community are at the heart of her practice. To check out the amazing work at No Bindings, visit www.nobindings.co.uk/ Hit subscribe if you enjoyed this episode and let us know in the likes and comments! #WofCPod Music: Only Knows by Broke for Free (license: bit.ly/1xIMXnA).
23:54
July 17, 2022
In Conversation with Shagufta K
In Conversation with Shagufta K
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation Podcast! Hosted by Heather Marks, this podcast is a platform for creatives of colour to discuss their work, practice and much more. In this episode, Heather speaks to Shagufta K, award-winning poet and filmmaker. She's the author of Jam is For Girls, Girls Get Jam, producer of short film Borders, founder of Yoni-Verse, a South Asian women's poetry collective, and the co-founder of Kiota, a new collective for performers of colour in Bristol. Shagufta shares the importance of writing groups and community for her creative practice, speaks candidly about the lack of safety for women poets in the spoken word scene, and delivers 'Empire', a breathtaking poem on partition. If you enjoyed this episode, please like, follow and let us know what you think in the comments below! #WofCpod Music: Only Knows by Broke for Free (license: bit.ly/1xIMXnA).
24:34
July 17, 2022
In Conversation with Dawn Walton
In Conversation with Dawn Walton
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation Podcast! Hosted by Heather Marks, on this podcast we'll be speaking to creatives of colour, discussing their work, practice and much more. Our first guest is Dawn Walton, Artistic Director and Founder of Eclipse Theatre Company, the UK's foremost Black-led national production company. We caught up with Dawn to discuss Princess and the Hustler - the latest production to come out of Revolution Mix - and touched on why audience engagement and artist development is at the heart of Eclipse's practice, before closing on a challenge to regional theatres. Music: Only Knows by Broke for Free (license: bit.ly/1xIMXnA).
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July 17, 2022
In Conversation with Chinonyerem Odimba
In Conversation with Chinonyerem Odimba
Welcome to the Words of Colour In Conversation Podcast! Hosted by Heather Marks, this podcast is a platform for creatives of colour to discuss their work, practice and much more. In this episode, Heather speaks to Bristol-based playwright Chinonyerem Odimba about her journey into writing for the stage, her new play Princess and the Hustler and UK civil rights history. Chinonyerem shares advice for aspiring playwrights, speaks candidly about Imposter Syndrome, and stresses the importance of artists of colour taking up space in creative institutions. #WofCpod Music: Only Knows by Broke for Free (license: bit.ly/1xIMXnA).
31:52
July 17, 2022
The Writers' Corner Podcast with Roger Robinson
The Writers' Corner Podcast with Roger Robinson
Award-winning poet, educator, performer and vocalist Roger Robinson (A Portable Paradise) talks empathy in literature, art as spiritual technologies and his exciting collaboration with Johny Pitts (Afropean) with Words of Colour's Joy Francis.
25:39
July 07, 2022
IWD 2022 - Media bias, women of colour and the Ukraine war
IWD 2022 - Media bias, women of colour and the Ukraine war
#BreaktheBias is the theme for International Women's Day 2022 with a focus on a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.  Joy Francis, Executive Director, Words of colour Productions, uses the theme to explore the impact of the racism facing black and brown women, alongside men, living and studying in Ukraine, during a time of war. Women like 19 year old Racheal Diyaolu, a black medic from Ireland, trapped in Sumy. The black and brown mothers pleading for the safe return of their children who are among hundreds of black students and students of colour from Nigerian, Ghana, Ethiopia, Angola, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Lebanon and Turkey. A former practising journalist, Joy draws attention to the devastating impact media bias has on people's lives and argues why a major overhaul of news reporting is necessary to break the bias.
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March 08, 2022