PLATFORM Showcase Event

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Read more about PLATFORM here.

PLATFORM is Spread the Word’s support and development programme for emerging writers. Over the last few months seven London-based writers have had the opportunity to be innovative, experimental and take risks with their writing. The aim of the scheme is to support emerging writers of all genres to push themselves and their work, and help them to develop their ideas through from original conception to performance ready pieces.

The writers were matched with a mentor for three mentoring sessions over three months and each received a micro-bursary of £500 to help develop their idea. They also will be attending a Writer Development Lab, an intensive writing workshop, where they will be able to put the finishing touches on their piece.

On Monday 19 March they have the opportunity to present their developed piece of work at the PLATFORM Showcase. This special event will take place at Canada Water Culture Space, and is the chance for the writers to share their work, and for the audience to see great writing from emerging talent.

We would love you to join us and celebrate the culmination of the PLATFORM programme. The showcase will begin and end with a drinks reception and networking opportunities. This is an opportunity for writers to support their peers, agents and publishers to discover new talent, and everyone to celebrate the power of words.

The writers on the scheme are: Ed Cottrell, Vanessa Stephen, Belinda Zhawi, Anna James, Ollie Charles, Han Smith and Jessica Oghenegweke.

The mentoring sessions were led by Spread the Word’s Associate Writers: Simon Mole, Ruby Cowling, Sabo Kpade, Nick Field, Jarred McGinnis, Laila Sumpton and Jasmine Ann Cooray.


Monday 19 March 2018

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR


Please register for a ticket here.


Supported by the Cockayne Trust.


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