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The following are extracts from the Centre for Human Rights in Practice's online magazine, Lacuna, followed by a brief discussion with each of the authors about why they write. These will hopefully inspire and motivate you in your own social justice writing projects.

In your writing, it is important that you acknowledge where you are getting your information from. See our Examples of Referencing for some further guidance on this.

An article featured in The Guardian by author Meg Rosoff on 'Finding Your Voice'. Hopefully this will inspire you in your own writing.

A panel discussion led by Anil Awesti with Christopher Davis, James Harrison and Andrew Williams.

How do you begin writing an article?

What do you do when you get stuck?

How do you write to keep people engaged?

How do you ensure that you don't engage in plagiarism?

You may find the following resources useful when thinking about the concept of identity:

An article featured in The Guardian by Riz Ahmed on being 'Typecast as a Terrorist';

An essay in Africa is a Country by Binyavanga Wainaina on being a homosexual mum;

An article featured in The Telegraph by Ava Vidal on 'Intersectional Feminism';

An article featured in The Body is Not an Apology by Cara Liebowitz on 'Identity-First Versus People-First Language';

A teaser video for the documentary 'We Are Poets';

The Reith Lectures by Kwame Anthony Appiah, which this year focus on the topic of identity;

Chiamamanda Ngozi Adiche, Americanah (2013);

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929);

Nikesh Shukla, The Good Immigrant (2016);

Caitlin Moran, How to be a woman (2011);

Margo Jefferson, Negroland (2016);

Juliet Jacques, Trans: a memoir (2015);

Zaiba Malik, We are a Muslim Please (2010);

Riad Sattouf, The Arab of the Future (2015);

The Promise, Channel 4 Drama (2011).