Review: WORD by JJ Bola

by Samira Sawlani “Hype your writers like you do your rappers”, says JJ Bola. If ever there was a writer who deserved that hype, it’s Bola himself. This Kinshasa born, London raised poet, educator and speaker arrived in the UK at 7 with his family as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As… 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

A Conversation with a Kenyan Sex Worker

“When I sell my body for money I am shameless, but when they sell their country for cash they become MPs” by Samira Sawlani twitter-follow screen_name=’samirasawlani’] As I dial the number I think about the way the media portray sex workers. Those stereotypes which would lead to one expecting the voice which answers the phone… Read More