Rommi Smith

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright, who works to fuse spoken word and music together. A spellbinding, dynamic and powerful performer, Rommi works in collaboration with dancers, music producers and musicians, as well as with her own band, to create a synthesis of lyrical spoken and sung word. Rommi has been commissioned to create new work which has been broadcast extensively on various media and she has held numerous residencies in England and abroad, including BBC Music Live, the Commonwealth Games, BBC Radio 3’s Africa Season and as Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles for the British Council. Rommi was appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence …

Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne is a writer, singer, photographer and performer. She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1951 to an English mother and Sri Lankan father. She has been writing poetry since her early teens and was first published in 1989. Her poetry and prose has been published nationally and internationally. She won second prize in the Margot Jane Memorial Poetry Prize, Onlywomen Press. She has given readings and performances in Vancouver, Cape Town, and around England. Her collaborations include: a mixed media installation – ‘Memoried Mosaics’ which was exhibited in Sheffield’s Open Up event in 2004 and at Outwood Grange College, Wakefield; an art song for piano and voice – …

Simon Murray

Simon Murray (symurai) is a Pomfretian of Bajan heritage. He is a published writer and poet, an artist, and regular performer of spoken word. He also runs his own graphic design company, Liquorice Fish, working with a select number of innovative, creative and progressive clients. Simon’s spoken word, poetry and prose has appeared in several anthologies. He is working to complete his first book, Kill Myself Now: True confessions of an Advertising Man (a novel as memoir detailing his time in the ad industry), together with a collection and CD compilation of his poetry. The first chapters are available as a chapbook with Peepal Tree Press (2008).

Khadijah Ibrahiim

Khadijah Ibrahiim is of Jamaican parentage, born in the city of Leeds, England. She is a poet, live artist, literary activist, researcher, educator and director of theatre for development. She is the Artistic Director of Sema Grass Roots Theatre production, where she continues to develop and coordinate educational programmes around social development for young people and community groups in the Yorkshire region and internationally. Hailed as one of Yorkshire ‘most prolific’ poets by BBC Radio, she continues to make various stage appearances across the USA, the Caribbean and the UK. She has appeared along side the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay, and Benjamin Zephaniah. She is the founder …

Tanya Chan-Sam

Tanya Chan-Sam is a South African writer living in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Tanya is a member of Inscribe, a Yorkshire Black Writers Development Programme and has read and performed her work at various venues across the UK. She has published various works in anthologies and journals nationally and internationally. In 2007, she was selected for a mentorship award with Apprenticeships in Fiction for her first novel, A Greatcoat and a Bicycle, the story of a coloured South African who serves in North Africa during the Second World War. Her chapbook of short stories, Mr Mohani and other stories will be published by Peepal Tree Press in 2008.

NYC | October 19, 2008

The British are coming! The British are coming! FWord writers (see the Fwords book jacket, and press release) from the UK will read from new works and launch their new anthology, Creative Freedom. Join us in welcoming Tanya Chan-Sam, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Simon Murray, Seni Seniviratne, Rommi Smith and internationally renowned Malawian poet, Jack Mapanje. They will be accompanied by guitarist, Chris Campbell.
Creative Freedom Tour

An inspiring and varied collection of new writing

An introduction to six new and established Black British writers

An introduction to the …

Margaret Ogola

Margaret Ogola has won the Commonwealth Best First Book in Africa and the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 1995 for her first novel The River and the Source. She has since published two other novels, I Swear by Apollo and Place of Destiny. Margaret Ogola is a paediatrician and the medical director for The Cottolengo Centre for orphaned children.

Philo Ikonya

Philo Ikonya is a journalist and media consultant. She is a linguist and understands Latin, Kiswahili, Gikuyu, Spanish, and Italian. She was also recently elected as the President of Internation Pen – Kenya Chapter.

Onduko Bw’ atebe

Onduko bw’ Atebe emerged on the literary scene late 2005 with the publication of his book: The Verdict of Death. In 2006, the book was nominated and went on to win the biggest prize in the country – The Whome Mutahi Literary Award.

A fervent believer in the writing and reading faith, Atebe has since then gone on to join and work with other writers and writers’ organizations that profess, promote and spread the gospel. He is the Secretary General of the Kenya Organization of Writers’ Association (KOWA) He is also the secretary to the Literary Awards committee, run by the …

Nairobi | Sept. 21, 2008

Four readers, four unique voices, in a tranquil outdoor setting. An evening of entertainment for discerning lovers of the written word.

Onduko bw’ Atebe emerged on the literary scene late 2005 with the publication of his book: The Verdict of Death. In 2006, the book was nominated and went on to win the biggest prize in the country – The Whome Mutahi Literary Award.

A fervent believer in the writing and reading faith, Atebe has since then gone on to join and work with other writers and writers’ organizations that profess, promote and spread the gospel. He is the Secretary General of the Kenya Organization of Writers’ Association (KOWA) He is also …