Clean Prose, London’s first co-working space for writers, has opened its doors with MUSES: an exhibition by cultural anthology POSTSCRIPT which celebrates women writers of colour and the diversity of what it means to be a writer. The portraits from the exhibition are currently available for purchase as part of the MUSES Silent Auction, and all sales will go towards funding our POSTSCRIPT RESIDENCY at CLEAN PROSE for an emerging female writer of colour.
Female writers are still being pigeonholed today, facing challenges at every level —whether publishing, media coverage or literary recognition — it feels of the utmost importance to continuously support women’s stories.
For women of colour, this is even more restrictive. It is hard to find space in the media to discuss ideas outside of race.
Clean Prose has commissioned Postscript to curate and create MUSES, a photography exhibition to champion those who are breaking the mould and creating more space women of colour writers to showcase their multiplicity as women and as people of colour.
The exhibition features poet Khairani Barokka, author Sara Collins, comedian Ria Lina, writer Alya Mooro, songwriter Lady Nade, Storythings director Anjali Ramachandran, editor Kafayat Okanlawon, author Irenosen Okojie and blogger Stephanie Yeboah.
At the end of the exhibition, the portraits will be sold to the highest bidders in the MUSES Silent Auction to help fund our POSTSCRIPT RESIDENCY at CLEAN PROSE for an emerging female writer of colour. The selected writer will gain access to a holistic environment that offers the time and space to write without interruptions. They will also be able to attend workshops and events at CLEAN PROSE as well as all POSTSCRIPT events free of charge.
POSTSCRIPT is a biannual print publication exploring the complexities and lifestyles of modern women of culture. We connect women to ideas, customs, artistic expression and new global perspectives on current issues. Amplifying socially conscious and independent thought on issues both immediate and perennial, we take a multi-dimensional approach to presenting the nuances of modern women. With the influence of art and culture and through a collation of analytical writings and evocative aesthetics, the publication works to spark meaningful contemporary conversations centred on a single theme per issue. With our forthcoming Defiance issue, POSTSCRIPT considers transformative resistance, political radicalism and positions of non-conformity.
CLEAN PROSE offers three dynamic storeys for writers and creatives. Our ground floor is a beautiful classroom and event space. Our first storey provides a common room for writers to connect, drink coffee, and develop their professional networks within the publishing, television, film, and creative industries. Our second storey provides private desk space – it’s simply a quiet place to write without distractions. At Clean Prose, there’s a storey for every writer. At Clean Prose, we believe that creativity is integral to a healthy and satisfying lifestyle. Our co-writing space supports authors’ wellness by encouraging a serene atmosphere. We offer lectures that trace the cross-connections between clean living and vibrant creative lives, and our programming fosters writers who want to live well and make a living. It’s our belief that creative people don’t need to “escape from work.” Creatives escape into their art, writing, and imaginations.
Our first term includes masterclasses by Jasper Fforde, Juno Dawson and Rikki Beadle Blair, and events and workshops with Bethany Rutter, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Irenosen Okojie.