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“Fire Rush is based on my experience as a young woman in a male-dominated world. Experiencing oppression. Dancing with wonderful people. The dark side and the light side as well.”

A novelist and short story writer

Dub Reggae

Creating chasms, echoes of the Jamaican past, and futuristic voids.

Jacqueline Crooks in conversation with Colin Grant

Talking about writing her debut novel over a sixteen year period


Jacqueline Crooks was born in Jamaica and grew up in 70s and 80s Southall, part of London’s migrant community, carving out a space through music, culture and politics. Her stories have been longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award.

Named as a 2023 top ten debut author by the Guardian/The Observer. Her novel, Fire Rush, is set in 1970s and 1980s London, Bristol, and Jamaica. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2023