Gemma June Howell issues a call out for a new collection of radical writing from Wales. The above painting is The Rising by Gustavius Payne
We are in an era of pestilence and protest, exacerbated by the social and economic inequalities laid bare by the coronavirus. As statues and other cultural symbols of slave-owners, racists and other oppressive figures are challenged and removed, it’s time to think about our past and our future. It’s time to unearth and express the hidden histories of marginalised working people in Wales, imagine inspiring alternatives, and show solidarity in the national and global cultural struggle for freedom, equality, economic and social justice.
It’s time to challenge the polarising, hate-fuelled narratives of division and give voice to the underrepresented, marginalised and outcast who have fought for survival in their struggle for human rights and justice. It’s time to record resistance through the lens of working people, unearthing our stories and imaginations in our words and art, rather than subscribing to those of the ruling elite and corporate media.
So following the success of ‘Onward/Ymlaen! An anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Wales,’ Culture Matters is seeking submissions for a volume of short prose and images. We want your stories of struggle, solidarity, and imagined alternatives, in the form of flash fiction, short stories, anecdotes, memoirs and other kinds of life-writing such as diaries, essays, blogs, speeches, photographs, drawings and other images. If you are from a working-class, underrepresented or marginalised group in Wales, please send:
- Prose of between 250 and 2,500 words in English or Welsh (with accompanying translation for an international audience) with the name of the piece, author and wordcount included in the header on each page
- Images (drawings, paintings, cartoons, photographs) as jpegs no larger than 1MB
- Previously published material is acceptable, with details so we can cite the source.
- A brief biography of 200 words max.
Please note that we are unable to offer fees for publication, but will supply free and discounted copies to contributors. You retain copyright on any submissions but your material may be published in print and online by Culture Matters.