Words of Colour, The Immersive Change Agency, creates alternative pathways and sustainable opportunities for writers, creatives, entrepreneurs and communities of colour to thrive, for unheard stories to be told and underrepresented talent to shine.
Launched in 2006, we originate, curate, produce, collaborate and lead on projects that straddle literature, creative industries, academia, research, digital entrepreneurship and creative wellbeing to generate meaningful change.
We have extensive UK-wide partnerships in these industries, from the National Centre for Social Research, Manchester Poetry Library, Waterstones, Canongate and Kiln Theatre, to The Bookseller, the Royal Society of Literature, National Centre of Writing, Spread the Word and Museum of Colour, among others.
Despite the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic and the lockdowns, we increased our ability to be creative, impactful and innovative based on strong and compassionate partnerships.
In 2020, we co-curated the successful Bristol Literary Takeover with Bernardine Evaristo, Penguin Random House, Waterstones, Bristol Libraries and Bristol Old Vic, and launched a curated list of 20 top Black British writers.
We partnered with Jacaranda Books on its acclaimed Twenty in 2020 national initiative and co-developed and project managed Take Flight Hub, a virtual creative and professional development programme with Spread the Word and UCL Publishing, featuring masterclasses, panels and training led by award-winning agents, playwrights, journalists and publishers, such as Emma Paterson, Gary Younge, Mary Jean Chan and Inua Ellams.
In 2022, we co-designed Uplift, a development programme for literature leaders of colour with the Irish Writers Centre and co-curated My Words, the UK’s first hybrid exhibition covering 250 years of poets of colour with Museum of Colour and Renaissance One.
Words of Colour has a production arm that produces films, documentaries, podcasts, photography, branding design, event management and digital engagement. A hybrid documentary on mental health and ethnic inequalities, we directed and co-produced with Synergi-Leeds, will be screened at Seven Arts on 22nd March 2023.
Among our awards is the NESTA/Observer ‘New Radicals’ Award 2018 for the Synergi Collaborative Centre, a national initiative we co-founded with Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (University of Oxford) and Professor James Nazroo (University of Manchester), and the Legacy Awards 2022 (Health and Wellbeing Category) as part of Synergi-Leeds.
If you’d like to find out how to potentially collaborate with or commission us, get in touch.