Commonwealth Writers inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It then links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.

Creative expression is related to every aspect of life. It is one of the roots of development, understood not just in terms of economic growth but also as a means to achieve a more satisfactory intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence. Creative expression is central to contemporary debates about identity, social cohesion, and the development of a knowledge based economy. This approach to learning includes the process of developing an awareness of one’s social reality through action-reflection-action.

At the heart of Commonwealth Writers is the transformative power of stories. There is an opportunity in Commonwealth countries to harness the potential of fiction to affect the way people think, act and ultimately engage with the governance structures in their communities.

  • Adda Stories: I Am Not My Skin

    What is a one-arm Zeruzeru doing at a security guard interview? I could sense their disbelief but I didn’t let their gaze deter me. I had travelled far for this job. I needed it. I’d put on my best outfit – a dark blue polo shirt tucked in my combat-green cadet trousers. I adjusted my […]

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  • Adda: New stories, global voices

    The online community of Commonwealth Writers has grown exponentially in recent years, with our online activity achieving a truly global reach. In this we saw an opportunity: to create a place where writers and readers can talk to each other, across global and geopolitical divides.

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  • Result Type:

    Commonwealth Shorts


    Five films were made for ‘Commonwealth Shorts’ – a capacity building scheme to give new writer/directors the opportunity to make a film along the theme of relationships.

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