In this beautifully evocative essay, Rolake Osabia reflects on her own practice as an artist and painter of portraiture, and describes what it felt like to relinquish control, have her own portrait painted, and become somebody else’s muse.
Writer Emma Korantema Hanson talks with author and director Sheena Patel about her debut novel, I’m a Fan, her self-created genre of “faction”, her literary influences, re-writing Black and Brown characters, the need for new (not nostalgic!) stories, and the pressure of perfectionism.
In mesmeric and evocative prose, rendered masterfully into English by translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins, author Elisa Shua Dusapin weaves a novel about familial loss and dislocation, and the fragile ties that hold us together, writes our contributor Emily Walters.
Rym Kechacha talks to author and academic, Davina Quinlivan, about her new creative non fiction work, Shalimar, honouring the stories of her family, connecting with people through literature, writing auto-fiction, and the power of speaking from a place of otherness.
Awaeke Emezi’s latest novel is a romance with a difference. Slowly unfolding the narrative with their characteristic poetic prose, Emezi gives us a story of love surviving grief, life after death, and sex by the sea.
A sizzling novel to read in the heat, when you’re hungry for life, Jessica Andrews’ Milk Teeth explores what it means for women to take up space unapologetically and allow their needs – and desires – to be met.
Chance encounters, random moments, fateful figures spinning a celestial web. These are the images and occurrences that form the life and work of Surrealist artist Remedios Varo and inspire author Rym Kechacha’s own writing, especially her latest novel, To Catch a Moon.