biography

Touted in The Independent as ‘a name to watch’, Gemma Weekes is a poet, singer/songwriter, beatmaker, multi-disciplinary performer and critically-acclaimed author of Love Me (Chatto & Windus).

Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several anthologies and literary journals including IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (Penguin) and Kin (Serpent’s Tail), Mechanic’s Institute Review 14, Wasafiri (Issue 94: Summer 2018), and most recently in Filigree (Peeple Tree Press, 2018) and In Yer Ear ( 2018) and was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the Myslexia Flash Fiction Prize.

Celebrated for her vivid, edgy writing style, she has been commissioned to write plays for Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Jersey Performing Arts Centre; poetic works for radio – most notably a collaboration with Nitin Sawhney for BBC Radio 3, and has written screenplays still in development for N22 Films, Fresh Strawberry and in collaboration with Menelik Shabazz.

Passionate about the subversive, unifying and audience-actuating potential of interdisciplinary work, she is also an established performance/spoken word artist and musicmaker who has performed nationally and internationally at festivals and theatres, having scored poetry film ‘Kumukanda’ for Dancing Words in collaboration with poet, Kayombo Chingonyi and also Race Tracks for Foreign Bodies Orchestra and contributed to Club FRSHRZ presents The BLXCK PLAYLIST.

Her live literature/art piece entitled Who Murked Basquiat received support from the Artists’ International Development Fund (British Council and Arts Council, UK) for research, development and scratch performances in collaboration with artist Nyugen Smith in 2017.

Currently she is working on the second draft of the attached manuscript entitled ‘SAMO LIVES’ and raising her witty and wise pre-teen son, Isaiah.

New York, 2017. Photo: Alice Teeple

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