We’ve been feeling immensely inspired by our fellow creatives at the moment – with club nights, launches and talks popping up all over our city everything feels a lot more alive and awake in our circles. This could be down to the sun starting to shine again, re-igniting our energies and drive, but whatever the reason, Team DD is all over it.
As the days get longer and the nights brighter we are filling up our calendars with events. Below is a small selection of things going on in the upcoming months. Turn up, and you just might catch us soaking up the good vibes.
1. SALOMÉ ISSUE ONE LAUNCH
12th April @ The Water Poet, London
If you haven’t already heard about Salomé, let us introduce you to an exciting new online literary magazine born out of the oh-so-excellent Write Like a Grrrl community. As well as being a magazine, it’s also an online collective – providing women writers with the space to get published and be heard. To celebrate their first issue Salomé are holding a party with readings, competitions and an open mic. We are very excited to connect with Team Salomé, and soak up the atmosphere at what we’re sure will be a inspiring event (as are all events that include a glass of bubbly).
Free (waiting list only)
2. SHOUTOUT LIVE! THE FESTIVAL
5th August @ Bedford Way, London
A few weeks ago DD had the pleasure of attending a live recording of one of our favourite podcasts, Melanin Millennials. Whilst there, we were told about this: a festival put on by the ShoutOut podcast network, who are dedicated to promoting diversity and empowerment in media. With a lineup compiled of top podcasters from the US and UK, and the chance to discover new podcast talent and attend talks on podcast tips, this is a must for anyone looking to get recording (something that we at DD have been mulling over for a while…).
3. FABER POETRY
2nd May @ Clerkenwell, London
An evening of poetry readings is always a dream, and the latest event offered by Faber will be no exception. Pulling together existing Faber poets Emily Berry, Daljit Nagra and Emma Jones along with Faber debuts Zaffar Kunial and Richard Scott, this promises to be a diverse event of emerging talent.
£12.50 + a glass of wine
3. AN EVENING WITH ANGIE THOMAS AND PATRICK LAWRENCE
13th April @ Waterstones Piccadilly
We are extremely excited about Angie Thomas’s debut The Hate U Give – it’s been provoking important discussions on our timelines about youth, race and the purpose of YA writing. Here, she will be in conversation with Patrice Lawrence, whose book Orangeboy was Costa Book Award-shortlisted, and shares similar themes with THUG. With both books at the forefront of a new wave of BAME writers, we have a feeling this event will keep us talking for weeks to come.