Talawa has a history of nurturing and collaborating with outstanding writers such as Michael Bhim, Roy Williams, Derek Walcott, Jackie Kay, Trish Cooke and Malorie Blackman.
We are building on the work we do to develop Black British writers. Talawa wants to:
- Become a home and a 'go to' place for new Black British writers
- Create a space in which unheard voices can first be heard
- Shape a diverse future for British theatre by helping to establish Black British writers and emerging artists.
Talawa's Literary Department is led by Jane Fallowfield. Talawa's literary work is closely allied to the organisation's overall aim of developing new artists and increasing the pool of new work by Black writers.
There are several ways to get involved with Talawa's Literary work:
- Script Reading Service | available up to three times per year, you can submit a new play or become a reader and help us give new writers constructive feedback
- Studio Firsts | available up to three per year, you can send us an outline of your new work and, if you make the short list, we will through face-to-face meetings provide guided support plan to help you take your project forward, as well as giving you exclusive access to development time in our studio
- Talawa Writers' Programme| a yearly initiative to work intensively with three new writers over a year long programme of activity, culminating in three new commissions
- Talawa Firsts | an unmissable season of firsts, showcasing new talent, and building skills and networks
- Invite us to see your show | if you are an emerging artist and would like to invite us to see your current project, we welcome invitations all year round.