PRIZES AND PUBLICATIONS

Prizes

– Awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant by The Arts Council England 2018-2019
– A winner of the inaugural Waltham Forest Poetry Competition 2018 judged by Meryl Pugh
– Selected for the Primers mentorship and publication scheme run by The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press (2017-2018)
– Selected as a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic (2017-2018)
– Longlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2017
– A winner of the Carefree Kids Poetry Competition 2016
– Commended for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 (Life Writing Category)
– Shortlisted for the Fish Short Memoir Prize 2015
– Highly Commended for the Poetry Book Society National Student Poetry Competition 2013
– Awarded an MA Creative Writing Bursary by Birkbeck College, University of London 2012-2014
– Awarded an Excellence Scholarship by Goldsmiths College, University of London 2008-2011

Prose and poetry publications in literary journals, newspapers, and on websites

‘After Birth’ on MIROnline

‘Broken Plate’ in The Jamaica Sunday Observer

‘Consequences of Not Knowing My Father Tongue’ on MIROnline

England: A Love Story, or The English Dream‘ on the Nine Arches Press blog

My Mother’s Indian Wedding‘ in harana poetry

‘Night-Glider’ in Femmeuary

‘Saturdays’ in Wasafiri, commended for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015

‘Spring’ in The North

‘Stir It Up’ in The Jamaica Sunday Observer

‘To the Wounded Among Us’ on The Poetry School website

‘The Same Journey Twice’ in The Jamaica Sunday Observer

Publications in anthologies

14 of my poems appear in Primers Volume Three selected by Hannah Lowe, edited by Jane Commane, and published by Nine Arches Press (April 2018)

‘A poem about you’ – Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society National Student Poetry Competition (2013) and published in the PBS anthology of winning poems, Have a Nice Time Here, You Are Nearly There

‘First Shoes’, ‘I Love Everything About Being a Mother’, ‘If’, and ‘New’ published in Crying for the Lost Tigers (London: Paekakariki Press, 2016)

‘If’ in Write to Be Counted edited by Jacci Bulman, Nicola Jackson and Kathleen Jones (2017)

‘My Indian grandmother’ and ‘turtle’ in Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the United Kingdom (Platypus Press, 2019)

‘Sonnet for the Unborn Child’ in A Bright Future, Waltham Forest Poetry Competition pamphlet

Articles, Interviews and Reviews

– Review of Jenny Sadre-Orafai’s Malak — published on The Poetry School website (Spring 2018)
– Review of Nick Makoha’s Kingdom of Gravity — published in The Tangerine (Spring 2018)
– Review of Josephine Corcoran’s What Are You After? — published in the PBS Bulletin (Summer 2018)
– Review of Venus as a Bear and Interview with Vahni Capildeo — published in Mslexia (Issue 78, Summer 2018)
– Review of Moniza Alvi’s Blackbird, Bye Bye published in The Telegraph (7th July 2018)
– Review of Andre Bagoo’s Pitch Lake and Ann Margaret Lim’s Kingston Buttercup — published in Wasafiri (Summer 2018)
– Review of Benjamin Zephaniah’s The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah published in The Brixton Review of Books (Summer 2018)
– Review of Shivanee Ramlochan’s Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting published on The Guardian website (18th September 2018)
– Reviews of Eve L Ewing’s Electric Arches, Raymond Antrobus’ The Perseverance and Fiona Moore’s The Distal Point published in The Poetry Review (Volume 108, No. 4, Winter 2018)
– Review of Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry edited by Sarah Shin and Rebecca Tamás published in The New Statesman (January 2019)
– Review of John Agard’s The Coming of The Little Green Man in the Times Literary Supplement (May 2019)
– Review of Fred D’Aguiar’s Translations from Memory in the Times Literary Supplement (May 2019)
– Review of Ruskin’s Modern Painters plus discussion on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb
– Review of pamphlets by Hannah Lowe, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Nina Mingya Powles and L. Kiew in Poetry London Issue 94 (Autumn 2019)

Numerous articles, interviews and reviews published in The Jamaica Sunday Observer
including an interview with Colin Channer and a review of Marlon James’ debut novel, John Crow’s Devil.

Media Coverage and Appearances

Interview for The Poetry School, alongside Aviva Dautch and Romalyn Ante

Recording of a reading at Swindon Poetry Festival

Reviews of my work

A Review of Primers: Volume Three in Sabotage Reviews

A Review of ‘Saturdays’ in My Literary Playground