Black books club: My Sister the Serial Killer

Love is blind in the novel, My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Korede’s younger sister is drop-dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, her charms are only skin-deep as she has a terrible habit of killing her boyfriends. Korede finds herself drawn into her sister’s crimes, forced to help conceal them. But, when the guy she has […]

Tim Cowbury: ‘The UK’s asylum system is broken’

The Claim

Tim Cowbury is a playwright and writer based in London. With Jess Latowicki, he established theatrical company Made in China in 2009 along has now written his first solo production called The Claim about asylum claims in the UK. Accompanied by wraparound activities designed with organisations like UNESCO, such as the I Am Just My Words […]

Spotlight on… Mika Johnson on exploring masculinity and lesbianism for Black womxn: ‘I want the next generation of queer kids to know that we’ve always been here’

Pink Lemonade Mika Johnson

Mika Johnson’s Pink Lemonade is a multi-disciplinary solo show, exploring masculinity and lesbianism in Black womxn. Fusing spoken word, bashment, original sound and movement, Pink Lemonade deconstructs micro-aggressions and explores the discourse around the fetishism of Black and Brown bodies. It comes to the Edinburgh Fringe this year as part of HighTide and Assembly’s Disruption […]

Black Books Club: ‘High-Rise Mystery’ by Sharna Jackson – Meet the crime world’s newest detectives

The first young black detective duo in fiction appears in Sharna Jackson’s compelling new novel Hugo runs the weekly art club on The Tri estate. He is also a regular attendee at The Tri’s residents’ meetings. At least he was. Until he turned up in The Tri’s rubbish disposal, dead. Who killed him? Sisters Norva […]

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama to make exclusive podcast series on Spotify

President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, has announced a partnership with Spotify to produce podcasts exclusive to the platform.   President Obama said: “Podcasts… bring us all a little closer together.” The Obamas formed Higher Ground to produce powerful stories to entertain, inform and inspire, and to lift […]

Stormzy announces winners of his #Merky books prize – ‘A lot of talented people don’t fulfil their potential but you guys had the confidence to do it’

Two writers have been selected as co-winners of Stormzy’s brand new books prize, launched in March by Stormzy and Penguin Random House to “promote the stories that aren’t being heard”. Monika Radojevic and Hafsa Zayyan were announced as co-winners of the first #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. Both writers will receive representation from The Good Literary Agency […]

Spotlight on… Sarah Kosar

Sarah Kosar is an American playwright living in London. She has been a part of The Royal Court Young Writers Programme, The Soho Young Writers Lab, Lyric Young Writers Programme, and an Associate Writer with the Hampstead Theatre. Her previous plays include Hotdog and Mumburger. Her latest play, Armadillo is about guns in America. The […]

Rapper and actor Kema Sikazwe on I, Daniel Blake and new musical Shine

Newcastle rapper Kema (Kay) Sikazwe broke into the film industry when Ken Loach cast him in the Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake. Keema is now making his stage debut with his autobiographical new musical Shine  Your big break was as China in I, Daniel Blake. How did director Ken Loach find out about […]

How to… become a world-famous cabaret star by Bernie Dieter

Bernie Dieter is the star of The Little Death Club, currently at Underbelly Southbank

I was born in Köln, Germany and I have always had a fascination with Kabarett ever since I was 16 and ran away to Berlin to live above a drag club. My Oma (my grandma) is one of my biggest inspirations as her family owned a circus in Germany just before the war, and when […]

Spotlight on… Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla: Works hard, does good.

Nikesh Shukla: Writer, Activist, Game-changer If you follow publishing conversations on Twitter, then you probably already know Nikesh Shukla. He’s on the platform daily, calling out the paper-whiteness of UK publishing, and sharing his efforts to bring about change. It’s not clear whether he actually sleeps because in between tweets he writes columns for The […]