Voices That Shake goes to the Allied Media Conference 2016!

Shake!: What began as a small pilot project has now become a movement of over 100 young people artists, campaigners, activists and community organisers. Since 2010, the Voices That Shake  Youth Arts and Activism Project has been on a incredible journey raising awareness around the true democratizing of power, community rebuilding, well-being and healing justice,…

Directing “Substance” – A Hip Hop Theatre Dance performance

I was invited by Jonzi D,  creator of Sadlers Wells’ Breakin’ Convention  join a collaboration with Redbridge Drama Centre.  The commission was to devise and develop  a spoken word and dance piece to tour schools and community centres in the Redbridge area to raise awareness around substance abuse and sexual exploitation in youth culture. The two…

Perception, Power and Race in UK Arts

“MINDING THE PERCEPTION GAP” – a 9 part video critique and commentary of UK arts and its issues of ‘diversity’ – Case study Exhibit B  I have never embarked on a homespun project like this before. Filmed in my front room over a week with shifting light. As the week went on I became a…

Perception, Power and Race in UK Arts – Trailer

What does it mean to be an Artist of colour, an artist on African descent in the UK? Late 2014, I wrote a blog post in response to the South African theatre-maker Brett Bailey at the height of the UK controversy over his piece, ‘Exhibit B’. A year later, wanting so much to create something…

Blind Spot – Race and Environmental Activism

When Virtual Migrants were set to devise a new production, “Continent Chop Chop”, directed by Amanda Huxtable, performance poet, editor, activist and fellow Shake! core team member, Simon Murray asked me on board but in video presence. “What is CONTINENT CHOP CHOP? ‘Continent Chop Chop’ is a touring transmedia production linking narratives of climate change…

LLSB – Long Live Southbank

If you’ve heard about the Long Live Southbank campaign, then you’ll know it was 180,000 members and signatories pushing back against the Southbank Centre, a national arts venue, trying to take over a nation treasure to build coffee shops and schmancy restaurants.  When I heard about the campaign I got it. As a poet, I got…

‘Othered’ Eco-Activism and a Jacket Potato – a poem

In January, fellow poets Sai Murray, Selina Nwulu and I were commissioned to write poetry in response to an event called Weather Fronts exploring the storytelling of climate activism and sustainable futures. The lab-type event hosted by Free Word in Farringdon, London had attracted a healthy number of scientists and writers to see if the…

Womens Corner interview – Vox Africa

Rochelle Ferguson, is an independent producer for Vox Africa and when I received a call from her to appear on her program ‘Women’s Corner’ for a short interview, I was honoured to be part of a weekly happening especially designed to inspire, inform and affirm women. It was such a great interview. I was made…

London University – Talk London

I was asked by Dr Monica Germana  to speak at London University on a panel for a series of lectures entitled “21st Century Writing London”, I had to speak about London and its effect on me as a writer. I was in good company:   Oladipo Agboluaje, Inua Ellams, Ben Musgrave and Nina Steiger. I seemed…

Leaders Of the Old Skool

When Comfort Cydelle of ONIt Promotions invited me to be a part of an event called Leaders of the Old Skool, the first thing I thought was “about time”. Don’t get me wrong. Its not like I’ve been sitting around waiting to be acknowledged. But I was getting a little concerned at the trajectory the…

LOVING MY JOB

Podium Mozaik is a really cool building. Situated close to the heart of Amsterdam , Maarten Gulickx and the Podium crew champion multi-cultural performance.  The amazing Imani Uzuri is programmed there in March.  Facebook them. I was invited in September ’10 to celebrate the buildings 5th birthday, and to collaborate and perform with the Nederlands…

MOHAMMED ALI’s – WRITING ON THE WALL

“Com – passion, latin, com – together, passion – suffering together we suffer, we suffer together endeavour to weather the breadth and the depth of the storm For long are the nights for the lost, forlorn, the broken, the tired,  the quietly enraged lashed by the warring that keeps us engaged with  anger and misplaced…