The idea of travel brings with it the promise of exotic places filled with interesting people… But that’s for those who are able to come and go as they please. For many, ‘travel’ has been ‘not quite right’ for centuries, bringing conquest, oppression, inequality and disaster.
Love touches us all at some point — from dependable familial bonds to the warm comfort of childhood pets, from the heady perfume of romance to the cherished appreciation of community, culture, country. The physical and emotional connections transcend barriers, cross generations and borders. And yet, love can sometimes be ‘not quite right’, taking where it should be giving, causing destruction — even as we still love.
Celebrating ten years of Speaking Volumes, this anthology is a warning shot, an affirmation, an education … These forty writers — new and established — speak volumes, invoking their experiences of outsiderness and their defiance against it.
In this episode we’ll hear ‘The Pilgrimage’ by Amina Atiq; ’Knot’ by Leonie Ross; and ’The Apocrypha of O’ by Gaele Sobott. Our guide is poet, novelist and musician Dr Anthony Joseph.
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Speaking Volumes live literature organisation.
As a community and a nation we can’t know where we are, where we’re going, or where we could be if our map is faulty, incomplete or badly drawn. We also miss out on great stories. In this episode authors Jacqueline Roy, SI Martin and Nicola Williams expertly guide us through Britain’s past and present. So come celebrate the UK’s diverse and brilliant Black British voices with us.
When a 1979 BBC documentary titled “Who is Poly Styrene?” introduces us to the punk singer’s work, we become utterly fascinated. Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band.