has produced work and performed in a variety of media. Touted in The Independent as ‘a name to watch’, her critically-acclaimed debut novel Love Me (Chatto & Windus) is described as a ‘shimmering debut’ by The Guardian and in the Telegraph as a ‘fresh take on modern love [that] hits you where you feel it most’. She is also an established performance/spoken word artist who has shared stages with the likes of Kate Tempestt, Inua Ellams and Kat Francois; a musicmaker who has scored theatre pieces for FBO at The Place Theatre and for a short film with Dancing words (The Complete Works); a published poet and short story writer, she has appeared in IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (Penguin), Kin: New Fiction by Black and Asian Women (Serpent’s Tail) and Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press) with pieces in two further anthologies due to come out 2018; and a singer/songwriter who has appeared with Cody Chesnut (opening for Black-Eyed Peas), collaborated with Nitin Sawhney, and most recently with international recording artist Pete Philly. She has devised pieces and performed all over the UK and beyond at venues including The Royal Festival Hall, the Jazz Café, The Drum, MC Theatre (Netherlands), New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (US) and at Bestival and with BBC Radio 3. With support from Arts Council England and The British Council, she is currently working on a live literature/art piece entitled Who Murked Basquiat with accompanying chapbook/EP. She is also working on her second novel, a short film to be shot in autumn 2017, and raising her witty and wise tween-aged son.
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