Book: The Last Ship
Author: Jan Lowe Shinebourne
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
Review by Ronke Lawal
The Last Ship is a poignant novel which spans three generations of a Chinese family who settle in Guyana after arriving on one of the last ships from China to the Caribbean.
Photo credit: Henna Decoration by Sarah/Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia
Groomsmen in turbans, women in saris, the happy gay couple in sherwanis. The stage was set for a vibrant, colourful civil partnership that looked straight out of a Bollywood movie. However, those featured in the photograph don’t appear to come from the culture the clothes represent.
Hackney Showroom is a new community arts venue which introduces four experimental shows as part of their summer season. Offering their space to emerging new production companies Fit to Burst, pluck, Ste & Dav and Boom Shakalala, each piece of theatre attempts to blur the boundaries and challenge the form of performance.
Date: Monday 6 – Friday 31 July 2015
Price: £10 – £12
Venue: Hackney Showroom, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
Clap Hands by Pluck Productions trailer – View here
Discover the international war poets of today as they describe their different experiences of conflict, including Syrian-Kurdish poet Golan Haji and Adnan al-Sayegh from Iraq.
The talk will be chaired by BBC broadcaster Harriett Gilbert and is presented in partnership with Poetry International. Modern War Poetry is part of a series of events from the Southbank Centre’s Poetry International Festival, featuring music, readings and innovative live performances. View the full programme of events here.
Date: Saturday 25 July 2015
Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Price: £15 for Poetry in Conflict talks pass
Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Book: Love’s Persuasion
Author: Ola Awonubi
Publisher: Ankara Press
Price: £4.00 (ebook)
Review by Catrina Walters
Love’s persuasion is a romantic novel based in Lagos, Nigeria. It tells the story of Ada Okafor, a young woman working as a receptionist at City Finance and studying to become an accountant in an attempt to succeed in her career.
Book: Finding Myself: Essays on Race, Politics and Culture
Author: Clem Seecharan
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
Review by Reshma Ruia
This collection of essays by Clem Seecharan, emeritus professor of History at London Metropolitan University, provides a unique insight into Indo-Caribbean history with particular reference to British Guyana.
Book: And Sometimes I Wonder About You
Author: Walter Mosley
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Price: £20.00 (hardback)
Review by Angela Howell
Leonid McGill, Walter Mosley’s hardcore New York City detective, returns for the fifth time in And Sometimes I Wonder about You. Like a modern day Shaft, McGill is a charmer with women, not afraid to get his hands dirty and solves his cases.
Book: From Pasta to Pigfoot
Author: Frances Mensah Williams
Publisher: Jacaranda Books
Review by Barbara Grant
This delightful romantic adventure captures, with stark realism, the journey of cultural awakening, self discovery, love and familial relationships experienced by the main character Faye Bonsu.
Anastacia McCleskey is a familiar face on the Broadway circuit. At 19, soon after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, she landed a role in Hairspray and has flexed her vocal chords in shows such as the uber popular The Book of Mormon, Hair, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Tarzan.
At 24, Safia Elhillo is already a poetry veteran. She competed in slams from the age of 17, is published, teaches poetry at the International High School in Queens and has just completed an MFA in Poetry at The New School. She is also the joint winner, alongside Nick Makoha, of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015.
Nick Makoha is no stranger to Words of Colour. When we interviewed him back in 2012 he was one of 10 new poets selected for Spread the Word’s Complete Works development programme, and his poems were published in the Ten Anthology. He had also just debuted his new show My Father and Other Superheroes.