Mission & Values

Our Mission

The Scottish BAME* Writers Network (SBWN) is an advocacy group that aims to connect Scottish BAME writers with the wider literary sector in Scotland. The network seeks to partner with literary organisations to facilitate necessary conversations around inclusive programming in an effort to address and overcome systemic barriers. Additionally, SBWN is interested in collaborating and partnering with BAME writers by providing both its own programme of events and an online community. SBWN prioritises BAME-led opportunities and is keen to bring focus to diverse literary voices while remaining as accessible as possible to marginalised groups/

Our Values

We value inclusive representation. We value equity and equality. We acknowledge that many barriers exist for BAME writers and that quality work by BAME writers is overlooked due to patterns of white dominance, discrimination and other systemic barriers. We know that merit alone does not get you through the door. We acknowledge the lived experiences and intersectionality of our network members, and we will operate a safer spaces policy at our events, projects and initiatives. We acknowledge that diversity alone will not resolve access issues within the literary sector. We recognise that colourism and anti-Blackness exist within BAME* and BIPOC* spaces. We will not stand for either. We will uplift, give space, encourage and validate each other’s unique perspectives and narratives.

2020 Projects and Initiatives

  • Visiting Writers writing workshops
  • Visiting Writers reading series
  • Industry and professional development panels
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Publishing and literary opportunities
  • A member’s newsletter to supplement our online social networks
  • Fair payment for facilitators, panellists, contributors, event readers, contractors and freelancers
  • Sliding scale £0+ and travel stipends for people on low incomes
  • Sector EDI research, evaluation and reporting
  • Advocacy for greater representation of BAME writers within Scottish literary organisations, communities and discussions
  • We are interested in working with BAME writers of colour, as well as people and organisations who have a stake in Scotland’s literary spaces (bookshops, publishers, organisations, academics etc) who are actively addressing diversity and inclusion.

* BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. While we use the term BAME, we acknowledge the limitations of this terminology. At the core of our network is the aim to address and overcome systemic barriers that our members face directly or indirectly based on their ethnic or national identities, race or perceived racial identities, or the colour of their skin as per the Equality Act of 2010.

Safer Spaces

At the SBWN, we value inclusive representation, equity and equality. We acknowledge the intersectionality of our network. We will operate a safer spaces policy during all events, projects and initiatives – to include our online forums.

You can learn more about our Safer Spaces policy here.