A group of Yorkshire’s most prominent and award winning writers are working on ‘FWords‘ — a creative project marking the Parliamentary act to abolish the British Slave Trade, by focusing on the theme of Freedom.

‘FWords’ brings together for the first time the collective talents of writers:

  • Jack Mapanje, York-based recently shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize
  • Rommi Smith, the first ever Parliamentary Writer in Residence and currently Ilkley Festival Writer in Residence
  • Seni Seneviratne, Sheffield based writer and photographer whose debut collection of poetry was published by Leeds-based Peepal Tree Press this Spring
  • Khadijah Ibrahiim, whose chapbook of poetry will be published by Peepal Tree in the Autumn
  • Simon Murray, Pontefract born writer of Bajan descent
  • Tanya Chan-Sam, an outstanding writer of South African mixed race descent who now lives in Sheffield
  • Oluseyi Ogunjobi and Fosuwa Andoh, Leeds visual artists creating new visual art for the writing
  • Caryl Phillips, award-winning Leeds writer has written the introduction to The FWORDS: Creative Freedom Anthology

‘FWords’ has been created to celebrate Yorkshire’s rich heritage of talented artists who have descended from the British Slave Trade in this significant year. In keeping with the theme of Freedom, all the writers and artists have been given as much creative freedom as possible to express their response to the commemoration.

‘FWords’ is an original signature project devised and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.
For further information and images please contact:

Shona Galletly
E: shona@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk
T: +44 (0)1943 603311
M: 07813 796 733

2 Responses to “FWords”
  1. Mel says:


    Like what you all are involved in. Would any of the Authors be interested in their work being introduces to South Africa. I am travelling there in March 2008 and would love to promote their work.
    Contact me if interested: Tel: [withheld]

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