Once Upon an Eid: an anthology of childhood hope and joy

Seraj Captures the Moon by G. Willow Wilson and Sara Alfageeh Cast your eyes westward on Sunday Evening and you may just see it: the crescent moon hanging low on the horizon, signalling the end of Ramadan. In just a few hours, billions of Muslims around the world will jointly celebrate the holiday at the …

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Chaos is Power in Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

April finds me in a mischievous mood, the joyful memories of Easters past working their way around my subconscious. It’s a season of quick laughter and a hunger for fun, which made me crave a book about tricksters and mischief-makers, and the chaotic energy they radiate. For this reason, I am returning to the first …

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2020 – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: A Personal Recap

The Bad The most cliché statement of this decade is definitely “2020. Am I right?” 2020 was a BAD year. The pandemic. The widespread disregard for community safety and the unnecessary politicising of preventative measures. The unnecessary fall outs of the BLM protests in America and Nigeria and other countries. The natural disasters. The political …

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Why I have hope for the Future of Caribbean Futurism – A personal Blog

It’s not often that a book excites me so much that it makes me want to write a persona blog post on top of a review. It's even rarer that a book makes me struggle to find the exact words I need to articulate what it means to me. I thought that this would just …

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The World of Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber

Originally published in The Writer's Room in the Stabroek News In early February, while attending the Commonwealth Writers’ Workshop at Moray House, I was introduced to Nalo Hopkinson’s work. Our workshop facilitator advised me to explore Hopkinson’s work because of my interest in writing Caribbean speculative fiction: a literary genre of writing that covers everything …

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Quick Update!

So, after struggling with And the Mountains Echoed, I panicked. I binged. I finished three books in eleven days just to keep myself on track. In that time, I lost sight of the purpose of my reading challenge. I forgot to analyse and make notes and I just submerged myself into the warm embrace of …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 1

My father introduced me to Khaled Hosseini in 2015 by blasting the audio version of The Kite Runner in the car every morning for two weeks.  You see, my father doesn’t actually read his books. Instead, he listens to them in his spare time - usually during his morning and afternoon commutes to work and …

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My Year Collecting Heroes – The benefits of diverse reading

Last year, I made a semi-conscious effort to read more books by authors of colour. It changed me. It reshaped my thinking. This is what I have learned from my year of diverse reading.