Not Quite Right For Us

Speaking Volumes is immensely proud to have reached the milestone of having been operating as an organisation for 10 years. As a team of three, working part time with no core funding, we like to feel we punch above our weight, having worked with and promoted hundreds of underrepresented writers over the last decade with projects and programmes throughout the UK and around the world. To celebrate this we are so pleased to be publishing our first book. With publisher flipped eye (part of their 20th anniversary list), Not Quite Right For Us: Forty Writers Speak Volumes is available from 21 May 2021.

This anthology is made up of 40 writers – some we have worked with, others we hope to in the future, all of whom we admire greatly. Featuring poems, essays and stories, the collection is a dynamic mix of established and up-and-coming authors, including Kerry Hudson, Colin Grant, Aminatta Forna, Xiaolu Guo, Nick Makoha, Byron Vincent, Rishi Dastidar, Johny Pitts, Rafeef Ziadah and more, with a Foreword by Pinter Prize winner, the poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Responding to the theme of ‘Not Quite Right For Us’, these are authors whose work challenges the mainstream. The book is edited by our ver own Sharmilla Beezmohun, and the cover design by the brilliant Inua Ellams.

Along with the book, each author will take place in our accompanying event series. Over the course of the year they will appear in at least one online event, in partnership with major literary festivals and long-established partners of Speaking Volumes, which will be themed around the different sections of the book: childhood; family; friends; work; travel; love; yesterday/today; today/tomorrow.

Pre-order Not Quite Right For Us here:

Event dates and details will be published here when they are announced.

Anthology Authors

Afshan D’souza-Lodhi
Amina Atiq
Aminatta Forna
Andy Jackson
Ashleigh Nugent
Byron Vincent
Catherine Johnson
Cheryl Martin
Colin Grant
E Ethelbert Miller
Fergal Harte
Francesca Beard
Gabriel Gbadamosi
Gaele Sobott
Helen Mort
Jamie Thrasivoulou
Jay Bernard
Jethro Soutar
John Hegley
John Mateer
Johny Pitts
Joshua Idehen
Kerry Hudson
Laniyuk Garcon-Mills
Leone Ross
Maame Blue
Michelle Cahill
Nazneen Khan Ostrem
Nick Makoha
Olive Senior
Paul Burston
Rafeef Ziadah
Raman Mundair
Richard Georges
Rishi Dastidar
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Shagufta Sharmeen Tania
Tabish Khair
Tim Wells
Xiaolu Guo

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