Other Creative


Short story, The Human World, published in How Much the Heart Can Hold, Sceptre/Hodder.

One of three writers commissioned to write a BBC Radio 4 short story to commemorate the centenary of Dylan Thomas. My verse-story, LondonChoralCelestialJazz, was broadcast, in May 2014, read by myself live at the Laugharne Festival, Wales.

Essay: The Privilege of Being a Mixed Race Woman appears in the second Tangled Roots anthology, True Life Stories about Mixed Race Britain (Tangled Roots, 2015).

Short story Yoruba Man Walking – about a Nigerian man who arrives in Cornwall in the C19 and works down a tin mine, appears in Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (Peepal Tress Press 2015).

Commissioned to write a Letter to an Unknown Soldier for the 14-18NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, 2014. My letter is from the sister of a cross-dressing soldier. Also published in Letter to an Unknown Soldier, eds, Neil Bartlett & Kate Pullinger (William Collins 2014).

Prose poem, The Forgotten African Soldiers of the Great War, commissioned by The Verb, BBC Radio 3; read live on the programme in January 2014.

Hello Mum,adapted into the Friday Play for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in 2012.

Essay The Book that Changed Me was commissioned by, and broadcast on, BBC Radio 3 in 2011.

In 2007 I was commissioned to write a text for one of Arts Council England’s Oyster (travel) card holders, celebrating its 60th anniversary. It is called England, My England.

Radio play, Madame Bitterfly and the Stockwell Diva – broadcast as The Friday Play on BBC Radio 4 in 2003 & 2006.

Short story On Top of the World was commissioned and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

Co-writer, with Alison Fell and Amanda Dalton, of the theatre production Mapping the Edge (Wilson Wilson Company & Sheffield Crucible Theatre) in 2002, also broadcast as a play on BBC Radio 3.

Other creative work includes a poetry-music collaboration, Cityscapes, with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and pianist Joanna MacGregor for the City of London Festival in 2003, which we performed in the 1000-year old St. Bartholemew’s Church in Spitalfields.

Wrote the introduction to contemporary poetry for the British Council’s website.

From 2006-2009, I wrote an eight-part column on writing fiction and poetry for Mslexia writing magazine.

Poem Routes is on permanent display (engraved into a large sheet of perspex) at the entrance to the Museum of London’s  ‘London Before London’ gallery.

My books and writings have been translated into several languages including Mandarin, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish and Czech.