Launched on 15th April with a reading by acclaimed poet, dramatist, performer and designer, Inua Ellams from his debut full collection The Actual, Word Online is a virtual live literature tour of libraries, streaming diverse writing talents direct to audiences throughout South West England and beyond.

Word Online is a programmed by Literature Works in partnership with library services across the region. Each event is hosted by a particular local library service. The tour highlights the power of literature to effect positive change by connecting authors from richly diverse backgrounds with new audiences in the South West.

Word Online showcases the work of Black writers, disabled authors, writers from LGBT+ communities, and other voices from under-represented groups to broaden shared experience and celebrate the richness of the current literary scene. We also intend this programme to provoke, develop and challenge our readers to confront head-on the issues raised by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, by exploring the lived experience of Black, Asian and minority people living in Britain today.

Here’s what a member of the audience of the first event had to say:

Intrigued? Join us for future Word Online events. Tour dates run every second Thursday from 15th April – 28th October, 6-7pm. Live -streamed free of charge via Crowdcast, the interactive online events platform that allows for audience interaction and questions. Events are open to everyone, thanks to generous grant support from SWRLS, the South Western Regional Library Service.