Monthly Archives: September 2013

If Carlsberg did book launches…

I was a bit giddy last night and attempted a rather ill-thought out advertising analogy to express my gratitude to the Numbi family for being included as part of their book launch line-up.

Carlsberg don’t do book launches – they manufacture an insipid alcoholic beverage. If they did do book launches they’d probably be some tired hackneyed macho-wank fantasy for a revisionist colonialist Maangamizi denier (don’t read: David Starkey, Niall Ferguson, Marr…) dressed up in corporate gimmericky and celebrity fare.

My clumsy analogy was meant to infer that Numbi is the opposite of this. Numbi do do book launches and last night was a beautiful warm gathering of friendly family faces I was honoured to be a part of and to share with, to connect with artists, poets, photographers, bibliophiles, activists and to enjoy the words, artwork and thoughts of other writers from the Numbi/Scarf stable blended together with the deep dope beats of DJ Tillah Willah, and the trademark generosity and heart-felt Numbi love on a shoe-string budget. A special brew!

Thanks for having me.

NUMBI Ad-liberation book launch

I have a sneak preview launch of my very first, very own, full, complete, published poetry collection tomorrow together with those beautiful folks at Numbi Arts. Booking link here.

Recently published authors from the Numbi family Funmi Adewole (Sea Salt in the City) and Christelle Kedi (Beautifying the Body: In Ancient Africa and Today) will be in attendance reading from their new books together with Numbi poet-in-residence Dorothea Smartt reading from her forthcoming chapbook Reader, I Married Him & Other Queers Goings On.

The latest edition of Scarf magazine will also be unveiled with readings on the night from contributors including Dean Atta and associate editor Elmi Ali.

+ Kadija Sesay (George) will also be stopping by via the Peepal Tree Press/Sable Litmag/Inscribe/Scarf/Numbi family connection to support and read from her new collection Irki.