Top 15 recently published books by writers and poets from Sub-Saharan Africa

by Samira Sawlani As the festive season begins, so does the enjoyable and/or stressful task of choosing Christmas presents for loved ones. Fret not; be it for the book and poetry lovers in your life or a reward for yourself after all that shopping, here is a list of recently published fiction and poetry by… Read More

Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi woh Purple barsaat ki raat

Or: Prince, my mother, brother, father (and ur sister 2), & me by Tanuja Desai Hidier **2016 BPM** Dearly Beloved, My mama she loved U Wrote me when they found U New England—North London En route 2 our girls’ school   Trans-Atlantic we mourned U WhatsApp; Gram-on-phone too… What’s funny and so true My memories… Read More

The Woman of Water Dreams

from Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul by Ryka Aoki 1. Consider that for every rational number, there exists an infinite array of values that do not resolve. The dead or frightened housecat. The slipshod dance of sun and moon. A Shanghai butterfly splits the baryons of a faraway nucleus… And you wonder… Read More

On The Other End Of A Joke – British stand-up comedy

by Anthony Anaxagorou Last November, in an interview with London Real, I spoke briefly on the subject of British stand-up comedy and my discontent with what much of it represents. When the interview was uploaded to the channel’s 82,000 subscriber network, my thoughts on the subject seemed to attract a wave of inarticulate and misjudged… Read More

“I belong deeply to myself” by Somali Art

by Somali Art I make art that is influenced by Somali culture and history. The horn of Africa is a historical gateway between Africa and Asia. Somali culture is rich in influences including other African cultures, Persian, Ottoman, Arab and Indian culture. Since the Somali civil war the arts scene in the Somali community has… Read More

10 Poets of Colour we Discovered (or Rediscovered) in 2014

by Samira Sawlani Never has poetry been as crucial as it is right now, to remind us, people of colour, of the importance of self love, self care and self acceptance. It has a central role in creatively articulating the many injustices in the world today, giving a human perspective to the tragedies occurring around the… Read More

Things Fall Apart; The Attempted Hijack of the Black Writer

by JJ Bola  “All art is political, Johnson. Otherwise, it would just be decoration,” said the Earl of Oxford in Shakespeare’s Richard III.* To assume that this does not extend to the great art of literature would simply be false. Unlike visual art, which can either be used to make bold political statements or balance… Read More