Imposter syndrome is so common amongst poets that I’m even in an (excellent) Facebook group named after it, where artists encourage each other to apply for opportunities etc that they normally wouldn’t consider themselves for. I am also very public about the fact that I am neurodivergent and (acutely) mentally ill. So I guess its […]
I can’t express how this DYCP Grant feels. If you’ve never been in a position where you have to turn down gigs and slams because you just can’t afford to go, and bring your carer with you at the same time. I can’t believe the next level of work this grant will enable me to do. […]
I honestly can’t believe I get to write this, but after my rejected application in March for something else, I decided to apply for a DYCP grant (developing your creative practice) from Arts Council England to get mentorship, help with editing, access to writing courses etc for my debut collection. And yesterday they said yes. […]
My first spread with my first (own, Tarot) deck. (I learned how to read playing cards as a child so I have done draws before but not using a Tarot deck). I waited until the right deck came along and when they did, the @soullifemagic White Dahlia set felt too good for me. But I realised that […]
On February 5th I shall be supporting Malaika Kegode at the incredible Hammer & Tongue Cambridge slam. Facebook event info here for this virtual event. UPDATE: This event is now over, but due to illness I ended up headlining which was very exciting! You can watch my set back here.
⚠️ MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ⚠️ I am so so excited to finally share my news with you all, that my debut poetry collection (as yet untitled) will be published by Verve Poetry Press in Spring 2022! It is amazing and a huge honour to join the incredible cohort of Verve poets. Even more so to be […]
🚨 NEWS 🚨 I am featured in the upcoming Sky Arts tv show Life and Rhymes hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah! Keep your eyes open this November for a new show on @skyarts called #LifeAndRhymes. Sky Arts is now available on Sky, Now TV and Freeview, so it’s never been easier to tune in and enjoy the show, which […]
Read this interview I did about my mental health (specifically my personality disorder) and how it relates to my poetry over here. Thanks to Jemima Hughes (who interviewed me and published this piece!)