Category Archives: Ad-liberation

Creativity is the Immune System of the Mind…

Continent Chop Chop director Amanda Huxtable recently invited contributions for her Pearl’s Project with Huddersfield Literature Festival. Inspired by Maya Angelou, Amanda’s call was for people to share their pearls – “something you have kept with you ever since you first read it… a line from a novel, a poem or non fiction. It’s precious, it’s powerful. It leaves nothing unsaid in only a few words. Words powerful, strong and as precious as any pearl could be”.

Here’s mine that I hold dear from good friend, writer, artist and founder of Artists in Mind, John Holt:


Creativity is the immune system of the mind and the source of the mythic.”


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A Reminder for Our Liberal Selves

A Reminder for Our Liberal Selves:

Black people are systematically destroyed by the media and the marketers

as well as by police bullets.

Black voices are destroyed by well-meaning White voices

We do know… it’s Christmas
We know what time it is
We have known the time, calculated the time
lived in rhythm with the moon cycle and seasons for millennia

We are best placed to speak on “Black issues”
We are also well placed to speak on issues other than “Black issues”

For as we know
as we have been forced to learn,
forced to abandon our languages, adopt and adapt new ones:
the oppressed will always know more about their oppressor
than the oppressor can ever know about them.

So we do not let Black faces on stage fool us
into believing power structures have fundamentally changed

Black faces in the boardroom
Black faces in the White House
In ‘liberal’ newspapers
Fronting TV shows…
Black faces in uniform.

And if the White Supremacist structure of the White House
the boardroom, the entertainment industry, the news media,
remains intact
how far can Black Words within these platforms make a difference?

Can we use the master’s tools to knock down and build new houses?

Can Black words in well-meaning well-read media platforms


surrounded by ads for corporations that continue to profit from our deaths…?


Jamaica Gleaner Ad-Liberation review

I’m grateful for anyone who takes the time to read or connect with my poetry so it was wonderful to stumble upon a review of my collection in the Jamaica Gleaner.

Much thanks to Glenville Ashby for the careful generous reading and overstanding!

Read the full review here

+ I was also very happy to graduate to being “Bajan-born” 🙂

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My diary of choice is an A5 day-to-a-page lined hardback with appointments – available from a well-known national newsagents. I’ve been loyal to this diary for a number of years. I enjoy the quotes that feature on every other day. Some of these often have a delightful or jarring resonance. Yesterdays quote is below:

I also like to hear mothers and fathers talk about their children.

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Ad-Liberation review in Red Pepper magazine

A lovely review of my poetry collection featured in Red Pepper magazine:

“Each page delights with new tastes… humour, angry-yet-calm honesty and also barefaced cheek
At heart, for all its humour, ‘Ad-Liberation’ is deadly serious. This volume sustains and nourishes the hunger we have, and more importantly reveals the hunger we didn’t know we were suffering from. And that leads to action…”

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UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’: National Poetry Day celebration with Kadija Sesay and Friends

Very honoured to be included as one of poet, literary activist and all-round supa-woman of action Kadija Sesay’s “& Friends” at this event today. Celebrating National Poetry Day & also her significant (35?, 40?) earthday.

UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’: Celebrate National Poetry Day with Kadija Sesay and Friends @ The Barbican Library – With Dorothea Smartt, Malika Booker, Patricia Foster & Sai Murray.

Irki launch

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.