UK Talks & Criticism

UK Talks & Literary Criticism

2017

Review of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge/ Times Literary Supplement

2016

Review of Citizen and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, poetry by Claudia Rankine/ New Statesman
Review of Another Brooklyn, a novel by Jacqueline Woodson/ Observer
Review of Speak Gigantular, short stories by Irenosen Okojie/ Guardian
Review of The Bone Readers, a novel by Jacob Ross/Guardian
Review of My Name is Leon, a novel by Kit de Waal/ Guardian
Review: Between the World and Me/The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates/ New Statesman
Piece on Orange is the New Black/ New Statesman

2015

Review of God Help This Child, a novel by Toni Morrison/ Observer
Review of Peace and Conflict, a YA novel by Irene Sabatini/ Guardian
Review: Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Comm. & The Great War, by Stephen Bourne/Independent

2014

The Annual Lecture, Literary London Conference/ IES/ University of London
The Keynote Speaker, Black British Womens’ Writing Conference/ Brighton University
The Keynote Speaker, Creative Writing Day/ Roehampton University
Review of Assatur Skakur, autobiography/ Independent
Review of A Parallel Life, a memoir by Bonnie Greer/ Independent
Review of Every Day for the Thief by Teju Cole/ Observer
Article on the pre-colonial history of homosexuality in Africa/ Guardian

2013

Article on 1980s black womens’ arts activism/ Guardian
Keynote Speaker, ‘Race, Migration, Citizenship Conference’/British Midland Institute
Chair: African Diaspora Poets, Africa Writes Festival/ British Library
Review: Mom & Me & Mom, a memoir by Maya Angelou/Observer
The Gospel According to Caine, a novel by Courttia Newland/ Guardian

2012

Light Falling on Bamboo, a novel by Lawrence Scott/ Guardian
Review: Night Dancer, a novel by Chika Unigwe/ Guardian
Review: Three Strong Women, a novel by Marie N’Diaye/ Independent
Review: Reality, Reality, short stories by Jackie Kay/ Guardian
Keynote: Global Womens Writing Conference/ Goldsmiths, University of London
Chair: Ten poets/ Victoria & Albert Museum
Chair: Ten poets/ Royal Festival Hall
Review: The Prisoner of Paradise, a novel by Romesh Gunesekera/ Guardian
Review: The Last Holiday, a memoir by Gil Scott Heron/ Independent

2011

Essay: in ‘Body of Work’, 40th anthology/ University of East Anglia
Review: The Granta Book of the African Short Story, ed Helon Habila/ Guardian
Review: ‘The Kid’, a novel by Sapphire/ Observer
Review: ‘Third World Girl’ selected poems by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze/ Independent
Review: ‘Half  Blood Blues’ by Esi Edugyan/ Guardian
Reading essay on ‘The Book that Changed Me’ series/ BBC Radio 3Piece on ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison/ Times
Review: ‘Staying Alive’ poetry anthology, ed Neil Astley / Times
Chair/Interview: EC Osondu/ Royal Festival Hall
Review: ‘Voice of America’ by EC Osondu/ Financial Times
Review: ‘Is Just a Movie’, by Earl Lovelace/ Guardian
Feature-Review: ‘The Anthology of Rap-/ Independent

2010

Review: For Coloured Girls (the film), Front Row/ BBC Radio 4
Review: Oil on Water by Helon Habila / Guardian
Review: Precious, memoir by Precious Williams/ Times
Review: Red Dust Road, memoir by Jackie Kay /Independent
Keynote: TUC – Unionlearn Conference / Congress House/ London
Chair: Orange Award for New Writers shortlisted authors / Royal Festival Hall
Chair: Precious Women of Colour Publishing Event/ Pearson, Strand/ London
Chair: Diversity Roundtable/ National Arts Strategy/ Arts Council England/ London
Talk: Non-linear narrative / Goldsmith’s College/ University of London
Talk: The Beauty of Boredom/ Keynote Speaker / ARK Schools HUB Day / London
Review: The Education of a British-Protected Child, Chinua Achebe / Independent
Talk: Mongrel Nation: A Writer’s Perspective on Britain’s DNA / Uni/Huddersfield
Talk: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, The Women’s Library/ London
Talk: Black Arts in Britain Conference / Keynote Speaker / University of Padua/Italy
Introduction to TEN poetry anthology (co-editor with Daljit Nagra) / Bloodaxe Books
Interview with playwright Kwame Kwei Armah (also co-editor w/Karen McCarthy/ Wasafiri

2009

10,000 word autobiographical literary essay /Contemporary Authors (USA)
Essay on non-fiction book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin / Times
Review of novel The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood / Financial Times
Review of novel On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe / Independent
Review of novel Jerusalem by Patrick Neate / Guardian
Memoir piece My Father’s House / Five Dials / Penguin
Article on novels as campaign tools for Campaign! / British Library
Bottom Draw / Mslexia magazine
Review of novel The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / Times
Interview with playwright Lizzie Dijeh / Wasafiri
Four of 8-part column on creative writing / Mslexia

Host/Chair
Chair: Discussion of Hi Life by Lizzie Dijeh/ Hampstead Theatre
Host: Wasafiri 25th Anniversary Celebration – Poetry / Royal Festival Hall

2008

Review of novel A Mercy by Toni Morrison / Financial Times
Essay: CSI Europe: African Trace Elements / Wasafiri
Review of  The Mistresses Daughter by A.M. Holmes / Metro
Book of a Lifetime: The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin / Independent
Review of poetry Bloodshot Monochrome by Patience Agbabi/ Poetry News
Review of novel The Accidental by Ali Smith / Metro
Four of 8-part column on creative writing / Mslexia

Talks
Essay: History/Belonging/ Travel @ Memory Maps Conference / Cambridge University
Essay: Derek Walcott’s Midsummer/ Newcastle University

2001 – 7

Review of novel Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb / Guardian
Review of novel Trussed by Shiromi Pinto / Independent
Review of The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan / Guardian
Review of novel Dancing in the Dark by Caryl Phillips / Times
Review of novel Borrowed Body by Valerie Mason-John / Independent
Review of novel Meet Me in Mozambique by E.A. Markham / Guardian
Review of the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse / Guardian
Review of novel Moses, Citizen and Me by Delia Jarret-Macauley / Independent
Review of  novel Waiting for an Angel by Helon Habila / Times
Review of novel A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips / Times
Review of Mixed Feelings & London Crossings / Times
Review of Reflections of Osiris by John Ray / Times
Review of The Only Way Forward…by Alice Walker / Indepdendent
Review of novel A Life Elsewhere by Segun Afolabi / Wasafiri
Review of novel All that Blue by Gaston Paul Effa / Wasafiri
Books round-up / British Council website
Article on the Free Verse poetry report / Independent
Article: The Brain Train or Club 20-80 / Independent
Book of a Lifetime piece: Antigone / Independent
Interview with Toni Morrison / South Bank Magazine
Interview with poet Fiona Sampson / Poetry News
Introduction to Contemporary British Poetry / British Council (website)
Article: Spooky Encounters in Soul Tourists / New Books Magazine
Piece Summer Read: Independent People by Halldor Laxness / Independent
Oyster Card Wallet Text / Arts Council England
Piece of Walcott for homage booklet / South Bank Centre Publications
Mixing up the Metaphors / Poetry Review
Writer’s Diary / Calabash
Essay: Origins / British Council
Essay: Writing & The Past / Pen & Inc (UEA)
Essay: The Road Less Travelled / Necessary Journeys, Arts Council England
Essay: European Odyssey/ Europa Express / Eichborn Berlin
Essay: Darling, I don’t get out of bed for less than…../ British Council
Essay: Zora Neale Hurston / Marie Claire

Talks
Essay: A Writer’s Influences / Middlesex University
Essay: Illegal Immigrant – Slipping over Borders / University of E-Nurnberg, GermanyKeynote Speaker @ Transcultural Britain / Magdeburg University
Talk on books @ Cambridge Seminar, Cambridge University, British Council
Talk on the Art of Reading / Essex Book Festival
Various talks on writing/literature to Eng Lit student / Georgetown University, Washington DC

Chair
Of discussion with/ Helon Habila, Biyi Bandele et al / Royal Festival Hall
Of the Free Verse Report panel / South Bank Centre
Of  discussion with Delia Jarret-Macauley & David Nwokedi, Royal Festival Hall
Of discussion with Valerie Mason-John, Diana Evans et al / Cheltenham Lit Fest.