Birkbeck Arts Week

I had a lovely conversation with Julia Bell from Birkbeck about life writing, truth and the new collection. You can tune in tomorrow 11th May at 6pm

Anti Nazi League Carnival 1994

Happy to share the cover of The Kids, due in September with Bloodaxe. The front over was taken at the ANL Anti Nazi League Carnival in 1994 – my 17 year old self somewhere at the back. Would love to hear from anyone else who was there…

Writers Mosaic – launch event April 28th 2021

Writer’s Mosaic is a very exciting new venture, supported by the Royal Literary Fund to showcase a ‘mosaic of literary voices and cultures across the UK’. Some amazing writers have been involved in this over the last year and a half. Happy to be part of the launch event on Wednesday 28th April. Event details here

A Girl Like You

In solidarity with women everywhere, I’m sharing a poem I wrote a while back, thinking about male violence against women, and how it can happen anywhere

Race, Britain and Diaspora – new interview in Jamaican Observer

I’m delighted to be featured in the Jamaican Observer ‘Bookeneds’ writer interview series, and thanks to Jaqueline Bishop for asking such stimulating questions.

Arji’s Pickle Jar…

.…is a new poetry podcast with a drum n bass soundtrack – featuring Arji Manuelpillai interviewing poets about poems they love. I chose Marie Howe’s ‘What The Living Do’ for this episode, and enjoyed talking about the spiritual and secular, both in life and poetry!

Multicultural Heritage and Questions of Identity

I’m totally delighted to be featured in Jennifer Wong’s nuanced, complex study of the writings of British poets of Chinese heritage, along with Sarah Howe. Featured in English: Journal of the English Association, 2020, vol. 0 no. 0, pp. 1–25. Thank you Jenny!

Poetry London

I’m delighted to be on the cover of this Autumn’s Poetry London. There is some fantastic work in this issue, including poems from sam sax and Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo, a long poem by St Lucian–Canadian poet Canisia Lubrin, and new work by Inua Ellams, Fiona Moore, Susannah Dickey, Mark Waldron, Declan Ryan, Gboyega Odubanjo and Sean O’Brien, among many more.

Mixed Race Reads

Happy to be included in this review of books about the Mixed Race experience – fiction and non fiction – thanks Bad Form Review.

Poetry London launch 15/10

I’m really looking forward to reading (via Zoom!) at the Poetry London launch with Romalyn Ante, Layla Benitez-James, Canisia Lubrin, Togara Muzanenhamo, and Sam Sax. TIme to try out a few sonnets from the new book…