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Some Freedom Dreams by Ndinda Kioko

Ndinda Kioko is the winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017, fiction category. Samira wanted me to say yes. She had asked if I could accompany her to an exhibition later that day. Though this was the kind of thing I hated, it was impossible to say no to Samira with my head resting on the softness of her thigh, with her hands twisting my hair into Bantu knots. When I said yes, she shifted her body on the bed so that my head rested on the bare mattress, and then she kissed me.

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Ndinda Kioko

Some Freedom Dreams by Ndinda Kioko

Some Freedom Dreams Ndinda Kioko Samira wanted me to say yes. She had asked if I could accompany her to an exhibition later that day. Though this was the kind of thing I hated, it was impossible to say no to Samira with my head resting on the softness of her thigh, with her hands twisting my hair in…

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Julie Abrams-Humphries

Crinoline Lady by Julie Abrams-Humphries

Crinoline Lady Julie Abrams-Humphries It was 3.30pm on a winter’s day. I heard a scream and pushed open the door. The floral curtains were wide open in our bay window. If Dad had been home, the curtains would have been drawn, he didn’t like people to stare in. He wouldn’t have liked what they could…

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Mehran Waheed

Petit Navire by Mehran Waheed

Il était un petit navire Qui n’avait jamais navigué. Ohé! Ohé! (Traditional French children’s song)   Petit Navire by Mehran Waheed Monsters hide beneath your jungle hair, itching to settle like Migrant lice, refugee nits, Islamic ticks burrowed within your scalp. Mixed skin bubbles and bends….

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Know Your Place book

Know Your Place Anthology reviewed by Zeba Talkhani

Know Your Place is a collection of essays on working class experiences by 22 writers including Kit de Waal, Durre Shahwar Mughal and Catherine O’Flynn. Published by Liverpudlian indie Dead Ink, it was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, which is fast becoming the standard for book projects that mix social a…

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Bare Lit Anthology

Bare Lit Anthology reviewed by Dzifa Benson

Bare Lit Anthology reviewed by Dzifa Benson On the one hand, it’s a shame that a book such as the Bare Lit anthology is necessary. Its very existence shows that the mainstream publishing industry risks making itself culturally irrelevant if it continues its present trajectory of passing over writers…

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Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey Interview – The Tryst

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and educated in the UK. She is the author of six books, five novels and a memoir. Three of her novels are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Enco…

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