Salena Godden speaking, remotely in lockdown, with her friend, the poet John Siddique.
Vaseem Khan's seven unpublished novels led him to write his prize-winning crime series set in Mumbai, India.
Anjum Malik talks to Trish Cooke about writing in two languages, her thoughts about the place of translation in poetry and the discipline of being a professional script-writer.
Zena Edwards talks to Trish Cooke about becoming a unique and compelling theatre performance poet, her way of ensuring she takes care of herself throughout this process, as well as her favourite authors and her tips for budding writers.
Colin Grant and Jeffrey Boakye trade anecdotes, hurl insults and agree on the perils of identifying as a black writer.
Angela's Saini's book, Superior, though celebrated by figures such as the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, also attracted racist social media trolls, an experience that caused Saini to 'cancel herself'. She talks to Colin Grant about the timeliness of her book during the Covid pandemic, when some people's suspicion of facts has been fuelled by the unethical historical practices of race science and pseudoscience myth-making.
Meena Kandasamy tells Sanjida O'Connell why she uses writing to right wrongs in her novels about feminism, the caste system and untouchability, and male violence.
'Black on Black' - a phrase used by journalists for so-called crimes that black people perpetrate on each other - is lazy and wrong says Kam-Bu, a rapper admired for his lyrics and social engagement. He talks to Colin Grant about reappropriating 'Black on Black' as a term of affection and ode to his grandfather.
On teenagers, tragedy and hope, and writing the truth about youth.
Jamaican-born playwright Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man has been revived in 2021. Fagon died in 1986, and past winners of the Alfred Fagon Award introduced in his honour include Michaela Coel. On its 25th anniversary, Colin Grant talks to the director Yvonne Brewster about Fagon’s legacy.
From Jehovah's Witness to sex worker to debut novelist: how writing saved Paul Mendez.
Talking about her journey as a poet, as well as poetry as the art of silence and about the word and how it relates to the truth of our bodies.