Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like […]

See Benjamin Zephaniah at Sydenham Arts Festival

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah headlines this year’s Sydenham Arts Festival. This is a rare chance to hear this iconic poet and musician hot from his international schedule. Zephaniah is a British Jamaican Rastafarian writer and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 […]

Collaborative Poetry – The Simple Things

Hut by the sea

A am tired of starting poems that I never finish so started thinking about collaborative poetry. I get a notion and rush to write some lines and very rarely revisit the poem so here’s one that I’d like to see completed with help from the community. I’ve called it The Simple Things because I was thinking about […]

RSC’s all-black Julius Caesar comes to London

Shakespeare’s great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, a fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy. The dictator must be assassinated.  But who will replace him? Julius Caesar is a story about two men united by an explosive act of political violence. With echoes of the recent overthrow of dictators during the […]

Poem – Got Body by LD Henriquez

The official video for ‘Got Body’ by LD Henriquez. ‘Got Body’ is a poetic ode to body image and a stand against certain beauty industry ideals that dictate that ‘beauty’ is restricted/solely packaged within certain shapes, sizes and specifications. It is a celebration of a real beauty ideal, appreciates having substance beyond the just the […]