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.
“As the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan grows… it seems more important than ever to read the work of these courageous writers.” Financial Times
“These stories take their readers into rooms that television cameras and journalists never reach.” The Economist
The translation ecosystem in India suffers from a lack of training opportunities. At the same time, aspiring fiction writers are often marginalised due to circumstance, language, and lack of opportunities to develop their work.
Untold’s project Write Assamese brings together mentor editors and translators with writers working in Assamese to develop their creative writing, connect them to one another, share their stories with readers in their own languages, and reach new global audiences in translation.
Write Assamese is a collaboration between Untold in the UK and BEE Books in Kolkata to promote Indian literature in translation.
“There are stories in this country that people elsewhere have no way of knowing.
This is why it's so important that our work is recognised beyond our borders.”
- Writer from Write Afghanistan.
Untold Narratives CIC – Directors
Lucy Hannah – Founder and Director
Sarah Gardner – Chair
Sarah Gardner has 30 years’ experience as a leader in the culture sector, covering policymaking, networking, governance, public affairs, marketing, research and international project management. From 2001-2017, she was the founding Executive Director of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and is now an advisor to cultural organisations.
Bill Hicks – Director
Group Financial Controller at DS Smith PLC. Bill has over 20 years experience in UK FTSE 100 public company finance functions leading on external and internal accounting for companies including Tate & Lyle and AstraZeneca.