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Glasgow Zine Fest

dreaming + being Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland

Sun 9 July 2023

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An illutration of person holding up a long photo reel to the viewer in front of a purple and green patterned background.

Image courtesy of the artists

what does it mean to be Black in Scotland today? what is it like to dream of Black Scottish history? how do we learn about the past while living in the present? Francesca Sobande, layla-roxanne hill, Najma Akubar + Chris Manson invite you to dream, share + reflect upon these questions through readings, photography, illustration + animation. copies of the graphic novel, Black Oot Here: Dreams O Us will be available for you to take away on the day.

This event is part of Glasgow Zine Fest 2023.

Chris Manson is a mixed Scottish Chinese illustrator and writer based near Glasgow. Originally from Hong Kong, he uses speculative fiction comics to tell stories about identity and the ways in which tradition both empowers us and restrains us. He is the artist for 'Black Oot Here: Dreams O Us', and has previously been published by Quindrie Press in the collection 'Tilt'.

Najma Abukar is a Somali born, Glasgow based photographer documenting cultural and immigrant experiences. She is passionate about curating, archiving, and (re)focusing narratives of those underrepresented and marginalised. Najma's artistic practice is concerned with issues of identity, (self-)representation and the notion of home and belonging within the Scottish landscape.

Francesca Sobande is a writer and senior lecturer in digital media studies at Cardiff University. She is co-author of Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (2022) and Black Oot Here: Dreams O Us (2023).

layla-roxanne is a writer + organiser, living + healing in glasgow. she thinks, feels + acts upon many things, including cultural contributions + the way our conditions move us to act collectively. she is also active in the trade union movement. layla-roxanne is co-author of Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (Bloomsbury, 2022) + Black Oot Here: Dreams O Us (2023).

This event is part of the Associate Producers Programme.


There will be 30 attendees maximum, and the event will feature comfort breaks. During this event, attendees will participate in: whole group discussions, reading out loud, film clips, visual presentations.

This event will take place at the Common Ground space in the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street. For information about venue accessibility at the CCA please visit their website.

You may be asked to wear a mask at this event.

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Part of Glasgow Zine Fest 2023 #




Event Type



Talks & Events


Common Ground


2:00pm — 3:15pm



All ages


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Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available