Black Gay Ink is a creative writing development scheme for emerging Black gay writers. It provides a safe space specifically for Black gay men.
Black Gay Ink was started as a dare
I was challenged by a friend to 'do something about it' after complaining (again) that there was never anything 'Creative' for Black, gay, men, during LGBT Month
Not one to shirk a challenge, I remembered back to when I started to write, and there was nowhere I could go to find my voice, and develop my stories, free from potential prejudice or discrimination.
I set about designing a 'Creative Writing Workshop' where Black, gay men could meet in a safe space and share their lived experience amongst their peers.
The first workshop in LGBT Month 2017, in the basement of Brixton Library, was supposed to be a 'one off' event.
This October, 2021, we start a year-long program in partnership with Brixtonhouse theatre.
It's been quite a journey that seems to have passed in the blink of an eye.
Black Gay Ink aims to provide an inclusive environment where Black gay men can meet, share, and express their stories and experiences through writing. It is open to emerging writers based in the UK, writing across different genres. It will be beneficial to Black gay men who are seeking to develop their creative work and how to pursue writing as a future career.
Troy Fairclough has an M.A. in 'Media', from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a B.A. in 'Arts' from Glasgow University.
He previously worked as a ‘Community Worker’, and was the ‘Development Manager’ for TS2k, a government funded project, set up to help people find careers in the ‘Creative Industries’.
I'd like to thank the staff at Brixton Library, who made us so welcome.
Ruth Harrison, and the team at Spread the Word, for helping us to find our legs
All our 'Guest Speakers' for sharing their time, knowledge and expertise
Our amazing showcase audiences
And of course, all the talented BGI-Graduates, for their support.