VERA CHOK

Actor, Writer & Performance Maker

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Bare Lit Festival

My short story, Dumpling, has been selected to be performed at Bare Lit, the UK's first ever festival celebrating writers of colour. Details of the event HERE.

Why is a festival for writers of colour needed? "Last year, the UK’s three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors. Of those 2000+ authors, only 4% were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds, based on a report published by Spread The Word."

Art is based on the desire to discover and to communicate. Sharing, asking questions and generating dialogue could do so much to reduce interracial hatred, fear and violence which so many of us face on a daily basis. This violence, physical and direct, as well as indirect or institutional bias happens daily, in the UK, to people of colour. I am proud to be a part of this event which celebrates writers of colour, which gives much needed acknowledgement to artists of colour.

(I would like to thank Dinefwr Literature Festival, Wales for inviting me and The Brautigan Book Club to their inaugural festival in 2012.)

Earlier Event: January 30
Oxford Anti-Slam
Later Event: March 4
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