Monday 16 January 2012

Join the Writers Bloc

This week sees the launch of Writers Bloc, an admirable and wideranging new international project bringing the greatest minds to the biggest issues. In a series of politicised, topical and necessary essays, the world's leading global writers submit original commentary, reportage and analysis about education internationally. The project has already garnered much-deserved coverage all over the world and includes Petina Gappah, Nick Laird, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Aleksander Hemon, Zadie Smith, Rachel Holmes, Nathalie Handal and Kamila Shamsie as project contributors. Kamila Shamsie has written an excellent essay about Writers Bloc in the Guardian. The writers have covered issues in Palestine, Haiti, Nepal, Bosnia, Bangladesh, India and Zimbabwe, amongst many other places, and are part of a new urgency in global protest, intellectual and ideological ferment, proposed reform and politically-infused arts activism. For quick links to the Writers Bloc essays and news-bites please check their Twitter stream. Or better yet, attend the launch of Writers Bloc at the Free Word Centre in London tomorrow. If you can't make this event, it will be streamed live so you can watch it on your computer.

UPDATE, as at 10.2.12. You can now enjoy: