New platform for underrepresented writers launches with series of live events

New platform for underrepresented writers launches with series of live events

A new platform for underrepresented writers, Untitled, has launched with its first free salon taking place next month in London.

Founded by author Ollie Charles and events producer Nicola Lampard, Untitled "aims to promote and nurture underrepresented writers through a series of reading events with a live audience, all in a safe and intimate space", the pair said. It is seeking "impassioned storytellers" from a variety of backgrounds including, but not exclusive to, socio-economically marginalised writers, LGBTQ+ and BAME communities, as well as writers with a disability.

Starting with a series of Untitled: Writers’ Salons, the organisers plan to run writers’ workshops and further events over the next 12 months. The first salon will take place on 25th April at The Curtain in east London, the event's venue sponsor, where 10 writers will be sharing their work in front of a live audience. To book a free ticket, visit this website.

Charles, who is working on his first novel, said of the new venture: “Writers share stories about themselves, their communities and almost everything else but when it comes to seeking diversity throughout the arts, we are hoping that Untitled will be a step in the right direction to showcase some of the amazing talent out there, which has traditionally found getting into the industry more difficult.”

Lampard added: “Some of the best writing that I’ve encountered in the last few years has been from those who have had to get their work out to the public via less traditional avenues. Work is being done to create more opportunities and we hope that Untitled will become another approach to create a space for these writers.”

Untitled events will also be supporting akt, a charity working for safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people.