Kent poet Patience Agbabi performing at Hastings Museum

The incredible Patience Agbabi reads from her remake of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, soon to be published and tentatively called Canterbury Remix as well as from Bloodshot Monochrome (Canongate).  You can grab a copy from Amazon or other fine booksellers.

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Bloodshot Monochrome is a glorious poetic take on all things black, white and read. Reinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new. Whether resurrecting the dead in ‘Problem Pages’, playing out noir dramas in ‘Vicious Circle’, or capturing moments of her own life in perfect snapshot, Agbabi’s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.

David Nwokedi: “Biscuits from the 70s”

Biscuits from the 70s

By David Nwokedi

Biscuits
From
The
‘70’s

Ronnie
Corbett
Ronnie
Barker
‘Pass me a bourbon’
Chocolate
Please
Elbows off

Charley Farley
And
Piggy Malone
Oooh, lickety lips

Rich Tea
Stand up for the Queen
Richer than
Steve McQueen
Rich and soggy
Soggy and
Rich
Dunk them in
My tea
Floppety-glunk

Too much UNI-GATE
Gold top
Silver top
School top
Co-op stamp
Green shield
Stampety-stamps

Custard creams
Coffee fingers
Malted milks
Lincoln, Gary Baldy
An
Amazin’
Raisin bar
Twice as nice
On
A
Friday night

Steptoe
And
Son
Morecambe
And
Wise
Randall
And
Hopkirk

Deceased

Afros
From
The
70’s

Black
And
White
Minstrel

Show

Hey!

Stop

That!

I woz

There

Too

Dunk

David Nwokedi was born in Nigeria in 1965 to a Nigerian father and a British/Irish mother. He grew up in Newhaven and Brighton. A qualified social worker, David lived in London for 10 years and now lives back in Brighton and works in social work management. Read his full biography here.

David will be reading from his first novel and extracts from his current work in progress at a literary event called Writing Our Legacy on Friday 7 October at Unitarian Church, Brighton. You can get tickets for this event here: http://writingourlegacy2011.eventbrite.com/

Legacy

Legacy

Legacy

Mine is many colours of the same.
It is light, dark, caramel and cane,
Melodious, ever-undulating waves
Of rich, smooth, café-mocha shades.

Chili cocoa, sweet and tan amaze,
Terra cotta, ruddy reds ablaze;
An ebony cacophony of ways
To fade to walnut latté as it plays.

Pale, white chocolate swirly-whirls always
Soothe copper browns and tawny peats and maize;
Mahogany, deep coffee beans on staves
Glissando into marble-fudgey glaze.

Many, many colours of the same …
My Legacy.

—Jodi Stelzer, Rottingdean, UK