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#3: Megaphone, Mental Health and More

3rd Jun 2016

#3: Megaphone, Mental Health and More
Megaphone founder Leila Rasheed talks writing, diversity and representation, then we round up the best books on disability, and take a look at what's happening in the land of lit over the next couple of months...

In this episode…

Interview with Leila Rasheed

Leila Rasheed is a young adult and children’s author of numerous publications, including Chips, Beans and Limousines, which was awarded the Red House Read of the Year in 2009 and shortlisted for the Wigan Explore Book Award.

Leila is the Founder of Megaphone, a new writer development scheme for BAME writers who want to write their first children’s novel. She was born in Libya to English-Bangladeshi parents and lives in Birmingham with her husband and child. She tweets at LeilaR.

Feature on visible and invisible disabilities

Books mentioned:

  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney
  • 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell
  • The Madolescents by Chrissie Glazebrook
  • Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by Shelia Black (ed) Jennifer Bartlett (ed) & Michael Northern (ed)
  • The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Journals and Magazines

  • Pentimento
  • THE FEM focus on minority groups in general, but keen to accept stories by women writers with disabilities.
  • Wordgathering – primarily accepting submissions from writers with disabilities

Organisations and Resources

Bonus book recommendations:

  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within by Gayathri Ramprasad
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

News and what’s coming up

  • Grrrl Con: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June. Two day festival in Edinburgh championing women writers, presented by For Books’ Sake and Write Like a Grrrl. Now sold out but keep an eye on the hashtag #GrrrlCon for quotes, news and more.
  • Scot Lit Fest 2016: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June The virtual literary festival will be bringing some of Scotland’s most exciting and much-loved authors to an online audience, meaning that anyone in the world is able to take part. Participating authors so far include A.L. Kennedy, Kirsty Logan, Helen McClory and more.
  • The Leeds Big Book End and the Northern Short Story Festival: Talks, book launches, spoken word performances, children’s workshops and a creative writing bilingual workshop.
  • Salena Godden is on tour across the UK throughout the summer. The next episode of the podcast will feature an interview with Salena and a recording of her performing My Tits are more Feminist than your Tits.
  • Curtis Brown Scholarship

Until next time…