Founders

Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her pamphlet Breadfruit received a Poetry Society recommendation and her collection Pepper Seed was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for first full collection. She is published with Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire in Penguin Modern Poets 3.

Malika received her MA from Goldsmiths University and has begun a PhD at the University of Newcastle. She was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University, the first British poet to be a fellow at Cave Canem, and the inaugural Poet in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Malika hosts and curates New Caribbean Voices, Peepal Tree Press’s literary podcast, and is currently a poetry Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Little Miracles, originally published in Magma’s Loss issue, won the 2020 Forward Prize for best single poem.

Roger Robinson is a writer, poet, singer, and musician. One of the few unrelenting and constant observers of life in Brixton, of post-riot/pre-Brexit Britain, Roger is one of the most versatile and internationally respected dub poets. He has performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry.

He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records.

He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, The National Portrait Gallery, The V&A, INIVA and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist.

Roger has published five books and has been shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and the Derek Walcott Prize. His collection A Portable Paradise won the 2019 TS Eliot prize and the 2020 RSL Ondaatje Prize