UNTOLD NARRATIVES WORKS TOGETHER WITH WRITERS MARGINALISED BY COMMUNITY OR CONFLICT TO DEVELOP AND AMPLIFY THEIR WORK.
Untold Narratives works together with writers marginalised by community or conflict, to develop and amplify their work.
In many parts of the world, local writers (fiction and non-fiction), don’t have access to the cultural infrastructures necessary to develop their writing and to find new platforms.
Untold supports these writers to develop their writing; share their stories with wider communities in their own languages and reach new global audiences in translation.
“Untold allows me to experience being a true writer. In the worst days of my country's history, it gave me hope and the spirit to write. No matter where I reach in my writing career, I will be thankful for Untold,”
Zainab Akhlaqi, writer, Write Afghanistan project.
For all women in Afghanistan, the future is uncertain and frightening.
For women writers – their gender, their voice, their talent – is under threat.
Untold is a development programme for writers who are marginalised in society by community or conflict. For three years it has worked with women creative writers on its Write Afghanistan project to develop, translate and share their fiction writing with global audiences, in translation. It also connects these writers to each other and the wider world.
Some of the original Write Afghanistan writers have chosen to flee their country. Others have remained. Untold continues to work with these writers. Their safety is paramount, which is why their visibility online is limited, but keeping in touch with each other through what may lie ahead will provide support, encouragement, and an outlet for creativity, and, of course, trauma.
Support these women to keep writing and stay connected to each other.
All donations help – however small – and can contribute to supporting the activities below:
£30 could provide internet data for a writer for three months, enabling her to communicate with not only her editor, but the outside world.
£100 would pay for a literary translator to translate a one thousand word story, which might form the beginning of a longer piece by one of Untold’s authors.
£375 would allow us to provide 10-12 writers with enough internet data for a three month editorial process.
£500 would allow us to connect a writer from our community with an established, international mentor writer for a three-month mentorship. This would help them share experience and gain support, whilst also introducing them to international writing communities.
£750 would enable us to translate a writer's story, and provide them with individual feedback from our editorial team - helping them to develop their craft, and the potential of their fiction writing.
£2,500 would allow us to facilitate a three-month editorial process with a writer - translating and editing their work, holding one-to-one remote editorial sessions with our team, and developing their story for potential publication.
£3,500 would enable us to facilitate online workshops and support for our network of writers, connecting women from across Afghanistan to share in their writing process.
£4,000 would, when the time is right, enable us to issue a countrywide call for Afghan women's writing, allowing writers to share their work with our team, and for selected writers to access a full craft-development programme.
£15,000 would allow us to facilitate a three-month editorial process with a cohort of 10 writers - translating and editing their work, holding one-to-one remote editorial sessions with our team, and developing their stories for potential publication.
Untold is a Community Interest Company (company number 12654173). Prospero World (UK registered charity number 1163952) receives charitable donations in support of our work through its fiscal sponsorship programme, and to receive tax efficient donations from UK donors on our behalf.