Black America bookazine

Continuing on from my recent blog post, the other Future Bookazines publication I worked on towards the end of last year was called 'Black America'. https://www.instagram.com/p/CZbxXbJoQDv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link I contributed six articles in total. Firstly, I wrote four short pieces on Phillis Wheatley, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Black Cowboys and Uncle… Continue reading Black America bookazine

The Colour Of Chalk

On a beautiful day last summer, I took a walk on the cliffs of Seven Sisters with Alinah Azadeh, chatting about ancestors, migration, belonging and my relationship to the sea and to edges This is the 2nd episode The Colour Of Chalk podcast, created by Alinah Azadeh- Writer-in-Residence at Seven Sisters Country Park - as part of We See… Continue reading The Colour Of Chalk

DYCP-Blog 7: Does it Feel Right To You? (sonic journeying with Cherelle Sappleton)

Cherelle and I met when we both took part in The Colour Green Lab - a 4-part digital programme, led by Farah Ahmed for Julie’s Bicycle (as part of the Arts Council England environmental sustainability programme) between January and March. The Colour Green Lab was a knowledge and skills programme, to support and empower Black… Continue reading DYCP-Blog 7: Does it Feel Right To You? (sonic journeying with Cherelle Sappleton)

DYCP-Blog 6: Some thoughts on planning a novel…

A large part of my DYCP application was about me having the time to create a detailed plan for my first - *gulp!* - novel. I’d decided to approach this by working my way through the Writers HQ online course called Plotstormers, taking advantage of the generous sponsorship I’d been awarded which gave me a… Continue reading DYCP-Blog 6: Some thoughts on planning a novel…

Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness (for Brighton Festival)

I was honoured to be selected as one of the fifteen commissioned writers for this Brighton Festival project! On May 22nd, from dawn until dusk, the Theatre Royal will be taken over by a soundscape installation - which you can read more about on the festival website. The installation has been worked on by a… Continue reading Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness (for Brighton Festival)

DYCP – Blog 3: Writers Place Poets & Tenebrae

For the first six weeks of my activity time, I was continuing with Writers Place Poets (run by New Writing South and facilitated by Sea Sharp) which I started in October 2020. A group of ten of us “gentle poets” (as Sea addressed us in group emails) met once a month for 6 months. Each… Continue reading DYCP – Blog 3: Writers Place Poets & Tenebrae

DYCP – Blog 2: The very beginnings of planning a novel…

At the end of January, my activity time began.Part of the DYCP application involved setting out an ‘Activity Plan’ table, which planned out the whole period of funding (which for me, is 6 months). In this table, I listed the main stages and tasks with start & end dates and some ‘key milestones’ highlighted. Although… Continue reading DYCP – Blog 2: The very beginnings of planning a novel…

DYCP – Blog 1

I was over the moon to end 2020 on a huge high, thanks to Arts Council England accepting my Developing Your Creative Practice fund application! Screenshot from the Arts Council website I wouldn’t have even considered applying, had it not been for the lovely folks at Quiet Down There encouraging me. I’d just come to… Continue reading DYCP – Blog 1

Black Icons

Earlier in the year, I got involved with a Black Icons project with Future Bookazines.Future make regular bookazines on all sorts of subjects, including history, science, lifestyle and travel. I'm looking forward to working with them again in the future :) For Black Icons, it was a joy to write about Nelson Mandela and Jean-Michel… Continue reading Black Icons