Unfortunately, research shows that Black Writers lack the opportunities afforded to their white counterparts and in my experience this is true. Sadly, I don’t feel able to concentrate solely on being a writer but feel obligated to think about and address wider issues. Addressing the imbalance comes in many forms, primarily through my work challenging the status quo and also through supporting and developing black writers through a network. My work is important within this context because it seeks to challenge and inspire.
For my own work I am already thinking about my next poetry collection and also about writing historical crime fiction – I have the idea and the first draft in place already. In terms of Black Writers and their work here in Nottingham I would like to see the network support and develop writers to publication stage. My mission is to put Nottingham on the map as the home of some of the finest Black Writers in the world!