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Leicester on lock

My city is on the news as 866 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the first two weeks of June. That’s one quarter of Leicester’s total since the beginning of lockdown. There were initially rumours about returning Leicester to lockdown, but now the proposal is to continue the current level of restriction (which is very […]

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Performative allyship won’t lead to black liberation

(featured image source: Nappy.co) Note: as a non-black person of colour, it’s not up to me to decide what will and won’t lead to black liberation. It is not up to me to call myself an ally either, since calling yourself an ally is a performative sign. The final decision lies on the people. This […]

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Update on date

With the whole pandemic going on, this year’s Burning Eye Books releases are staggered. A lot of release parties postponed, cancelled or moved to online (again, gotta love an online event). So, it looks like Meanwhile will be released in October instead of September. Will add more updates as time goes by, including book release […]

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Leicester Poetry from home

One of the things I miss from the outside world is spoken word open mic nights. Fortunately, some of my fave nights in Leicester have found a way for us to keep talking, keep listening and keep connecting from quarantine and self-isolation. Jess Green’s Find the Right Words is now available as a poetry podcast […]

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Isolated proximity in pandemic times

CW: COVID-19, health risk, self-isolation, quarantine These times are scary and uncertain. People are ill and dying due to selfishness and inconsideration from the government and the general public. It was not until this week that universities and other institutions shifted their services from presential to online, while pubs and leisure centres were only closed […]