Poetry, Fiction and BAME history
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Publications

 

Publications

Please find below some of my publications:


Poetry

/ Collections

 

Blinking in the Light

A collection of confessional poems which, in starkly telling a story about a fraught pregnancy and the suicide of a man very close to the speaker's family, evokes with powerful images and unadorned language a raw sense of contemporary life.

 

Salt-sweat & Tears

This largely autobiographical collection documents the life of a mixed-heritage child then woman through the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties.

 
 

/ Inclusion in Journals

 

- Under the Radar
- Ouroboros
- Coffee-House Poetry
- Envoi
- Several poems in Wasafiri
- Black Orchid and My grandmother at Greenham Common in Wasafiri
- How to be a good daughter and Butterfly in Bare Fiction
- Reach
- Sarasvati

/ Online Journals

 

Fireball in Ink, Sweat and Tears
Yellow Sheets and Forest-child in And Other Poems
- Rag Doll (Highly Commended by the Forward Prize) in Amaryllis
- Three poems in Alliterati
- If I spin around and jump and shout in Peony Moon
- Poetry Space
The Colverstone Review
Several poems in Disability Arts Online 
Those wild, pre-Brexit Days in Ink, Sweat and Tears
I remember tasting salt: Interview and selection of poems in Irisi

/ Inclusion in anthologies

 

Breaking Point in Live Canon 2016 Anthology
- Three poems in Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe)
- Sometimes (Cinnamon Press)
- Perhaps (Cinnamon Press)
- Rag Doll in The Forward Book of Poetry 2008
- A flower of flame in To Kingdom Come
- Velvet Dresses in Deepest Dorset
- His khaki Hood in Writing Motherhood
- Filigree


Fiction

 

/ Online

/ Inclusion in anthologies

/ Anthologies edited by Louisa

 

Dorset Voices
In search of sea glass
- We Black Men of England


BAME history

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Dorset's Hidden Histories

This booklet, published by Development Education in Dorset, explores the presence of African, Caribbean and Asian people in Dorset over four centuries. It looks at Dorset's links with the Transatlantic slave trade, the African American GIs who came to Dorset in the build up to D-Day, and contemporary stories of Dorset residents.

 

1944 We Were Here:
African American GIs in Dorset

'1944 We Were Here: African American GIs in Dorset' explores the stories of the black soldiers who came to Dorset to train for D-Day. Told through the eyes of local people as well as the children of the GIs themselves, this is an important addition to Dorset's rich and diverse history. Here we discover stories of friendship, love, murder, racism and the segregation that was a fact of life in the US for African Americans at this time.

 

All Different, All Dorset

Celebrating multi-ethnic Dorset through images and stories

 
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The World of East Dorset

This book contains stories of East Dorset children's family connections with the area and other parts of the globe, celebrating the diversity that is often found in rural parts of the UK.


 

Articles/Essays

 

‘You don’t see many of them round here’: being black in the white, rural West Country
My fearful life: growing up with domestic violence
- Seeing our past through a different lens: the rise of black British history
- The debate goes on: black and minority ethnic poets getting published in the UK (p.28)
- Afro Chic
Nature, Race and an idea of home in Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
Decolonising our minds and spaces in Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
- Black histories aren't all urban: tales from the West Country in Media Diversified
Decolonising our minds and spaces in Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
- Lyme Regis for Historic England

 All the following articles are in Black Ballad:
- Managing Motherhood And My Mental Health Problems 
- Looking African But Feeling British
- Dorothy Koomson Talks Writing, Friendship & Black Women In Books
- Ava Vidal Talks Motherhood, Mock The Week, & Making a Difference
- Why Are People Threatened By An Ethnically Diverse British History?
- British TV Has A Long Way To Go When It Comes To Race Representation
- What It's Really Like Living With Anxiety
- Long Before Windrush: Black Londoners Have Been Here For Centuries
- Black Mum, White Daughter
- The UK's Brown Babies: War Babes The African American GIs Left Behind
- Let's Talk About The Real Legacy Of British Slavery

All the following articles are in Evolve Politics:
- Police being forced to care for suicidal people after Tory cuts wipe out mental health crisis teams
- Grenfell victims and survivors deserve justice – we CANNOT let this inquiry become another Hillsborough
- If you think Munroe Bergdorf is racist, you’ve been duped by the same rigged system she was trying to expose 

 

Interviews

 

- Interview in Carpe Noctem
- The Guardian
- Literature Works SW
- Interview with Gail Aldwin in The writer is a lonely hunter