IMAG0980SUCCESS! On 20 September two complimentary copies of ‘Closure’ dropped through my letterbox. I am still recovering as one of the successful writers in this anthology of Contemporary Black British Short Stories alongside Fred D’Aguiar, Leonne Ross, Monica Ali and Bernardine Evaristo. What a serene experience and having achieved this milestone.

The book is published by Peeple Tree Press edited by Jacob Ross and Inscribe series editor Kadija Sesay. There are gems in this anthology and reading them felt like discovering hidden parts of my life. It’s been 15 years since a Black British anthology was published and it is more than timely for these contemporary stories to be part of mainstream literature. I enjoyed reading ‘A Note from the Editor’ that puts Closure into context and provides a sharp critique – thank you Jacob Ross! My story is called ‘Secret Chamber” and deals with three characters who would usually never meet, but particular circumstances bring them together. I encourage you to buy Closure; it will be a treasure for many years to come.

There will be an official launch in January 2016 at the Guildhall Art Gallery as part of the No Colour Bar, Black British Art exhibition. More to come nearer the time.

Happy Reading! ISBN 978 184 523 2887

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Red Saviour

 

She is nine years old and worships red

 

Shoes, hot air, autumn leaves

toys, angel wings, sunsets

buttons, dreams and clothes.

 

Smelling flowers

send pulsating signals

stop the stench of death

 

Wrapping her shawl tight

around her right stump,

pain instantly disappears

 

The fire engine’s red rush

is her favourite

race to the rescue

 

Sirens ring the alarm

Flashing lights twirl

Ladders escape to the sky

 

Since she arrived

alone at the airport

Red became her

 

Camouflaging the scars

under her skin

inside out

 

Red makes everything real.

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I was fortunate to have been invested by Arts Council England to further my creative writing career in collaboration with a number of partners including INSCRIBE http://inscribewriters.wordpress.com and in my own capacity.

The period was filled with an international exchange as part of a writer’s cohort with Fringe Saint Lucia http://www.fringestlucia.com and Brighton Fringe http://www.brightonfringe.org in May 2014 for readings, performances and exploring future opportunities for collaborations. Furthermore I travelled to Berlin to engage with Black German writers for research, alongside spoken word performances, artistic activities including training to be an accredited coach.

I am writing a collection of short stories with a view for future publishing. I also write poetry for the page and stage.