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An olive grove in ends

Moses Mckenzie

Sayon, the protagonist of Moses McKenzie’s debut novel, dreams of escape from the mean streets of Ends to buy a grand house overlooking the Avon Gorge but it comes with a catch: he needs to sell enough lines of heroin to put down a substantial deposit.

Archipelagos

Geoffrey Philp

In commemorating Earth Day, it's important to be reminded of the perils we face. Geoffrey Philp does just that in his poignant poem, Archipelagos.

Summer of Soul wins an Oscar

Gabriel Gbadamosi

And the 2022 Oscar for Best Documentary goes to Summer of Soul – for its celebration of music and resilience among black people at the end of the civil rights movement. Gabriel Gbadamosi describes how it was brought back to life by director Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson from forgotten footage of a 1969 festival in Harlem.

The surrealist and the trickster

Colin Grant

The Trinidad-born writer, Anthony Joseph, has mastered myriad art forms - poetry, novel writing, and jazz music. As he tours with his band and heads to the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, Colin Grant reflects on an innovative artist - part surrealist, part trickster, fully incomparable.

Writing the colonial countryside

Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe gives an account of her time visiting and researching at Fellbrigg Hall in Norfolk, including writing one of her poems inspired by the Chinese Wallpaper and other artefacts found there.

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