The Emma Press’ new anthology, Campaign in Poetry

has me included, well, a poem of mine. Which I am very happy about. Campaign in Poetry is a powerful anthology about political and social issues in the UK, with poems written by contemporary poets in the months leading up to the UK General Election. The poems reflect current concerns and developing events in this…

Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme Awardee

So I’ve neglected my site a bit of late. I will be better (140 characters is just so much easier) but, the latest big news that should really be recorded here (especially when saying it still sounds surreal. Re-typing helps) is that I am very proud, flattered, and excited to have been awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2015/16….

Highly Commended in Poetry Book Society’s National Student Competition

Very pleased to have been Highly Commended in Poetry Book Society ‘s National Student Competition for my poem, ‘Sandwiches’. http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/news/451/pbs_national_student_poetry_competition_winners_announced/ Judge, Jane Yeh wrote:  ‘I love how this poem crackles with life, its teen characters sparky, beguiling, and adroitly drawn. A sense of semi -thwarted hope shines through the images: ‘We want / engagement rings…

Shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London

I have been shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate of London 2014 (for real that sentence still barely registers- even typed) Won last year by the incredible Warsan Shire. This year it is an all female short list (Whoop Whoop!) I am both excited and honored to be nominated alongside Aisling Fahey, Ella Frears, Clare Mulley,…

‘Love Letters From Brixton’

   Sunday: In conversation with Douglas Parker about his new book, ‘Love Letters From Brixton’- a photo documentary accompanied by my poetry- @ ARAF Collective’s ‘Slow Sunday’ zine launch event @ The Ritzy, Brixton. Photo credit: Amaal Saaid

Clayground Commisson

  At the beginning of this month, I was commissioned by Clayground Collective, a UK independent arts organisation directed by Julia Rowntree and ceramicist Duncan Hooson, to write poems inspired by my trip to Stoke-on-Trent – to see, and poetically respond to the last few working potteries, the (arguable) six towns, its history and its…

This Sunday is Slow Sunday – Music & Poetry @ The Ritzy

  This Sunday @ The Ritzy, Brixton. Please note the new start time of 3pm – which is even better. Time enough to shake off any Sat night hangovers, have your roast (insert variation of traditional English Sunday meal here) and make it down to listen to exciting new music and poetry by Antosh Wojcik…

BARCADEMY Workshop ‘You Bring Out The Black Woman in Me’

All next week (11th-15th Aug), Burn After Reading (the poetry community I am part of, lead by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jasmine Cooray) is running the first ‘BARCADEMY‘ in Deptford, London, between Deptford Lounge and the Albany (nearest stations: Deptford Rail Station or Deptford Bridge DLR) BARCADEMY is a week of creative and professional development workshops….