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NEW national programme of talks by black writers to be launched in Bristol

NEW national programme of talks by black writers to be launched in Bristol.

Yardstick, aims to bring together writers from the African Diaspora and readers in a series of events throughout the city. It is also aiming to further support the professional development of black and minority ethnic writers.

The programme will link with African Diaspora-themed events such as St Paul’s Carnival and the Afrika Eye film festival.

Yardstick is funded by Arts Council England and is supported by Bristol Libraries, Bath and North East Somerset Library Service and City Chameleon Ltd, a Bristol-based publishing company.

This project links in with a year when Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 50 years of independence – an important milestone for many residents of Bristol and Bath.  If the event goes well this year organisers intend to hold a festival of African Diaspora literature in Bristol and Bath in 2013.

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