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.

  • Indentured Labour Anthology

    In 2018 Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will jointly publish an anthology of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction which explores the legacy of the practice of indentured labour.

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  • The Occasional Hum of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

    ABOVE: Regional Winners in Singapore from left to right: Ingrid Persaud (for Caribbean region), Tracy Fells (for Canada and Europe region), Nat Newman (for Pacific region), Short Story Prize Judge Jacob Ross , Anushka Jasraj (for Asia region) and Akwaeke Emezi (for Africa region).   “And occasions being occasional, are a reason to hum…” It’s […]

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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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  • Global South Initiative on Arts and Culture

    Arts and culture have emerged as key areas of focus in the global discourse on sustainable development. In May of 2014, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies partnered with other international networks including Agenda 21 for Culture, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, and other […]

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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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