About the book

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. Find out more about the authors here.

The book is edited by our ver own Sharmilla Beezmohun, the foreword written by the legend Linton Kwesi Johnson and the cover design by the brilliant Inua Ellams.

The book is arraged in thematic chapters: childhood; family; friends; work; travel; love; yesterday/today; today/tomorrow.

Order Not Quite Right For Us here: flippedeye.net/product/not-quite-right-for-us/

Along with the book, each author will take part 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,


Listen to the Podcast

Our early years should be carefree, stress-free, worry-free. Yet all too often we’re made to feel ‘not quite right’ in some way, whether that’s because of the way we dress, the music we like — or, more insidiously, because of the colour of our skin. School days bring their own issues of peer pressure too, teaching lessons way beyond the classroom. But what happens to our own memories of that time when we grow up, or when we become parents ourselves? And what do we do with the knowledge that formative years are experienced very differently across cultures — and that ‘childhood’ is, after all, just a sociological construct that changes with the times? These are just some of the complex, moving and, at times, humorous issues examined by award-winning authors Jay Bernard, afshan d’souza-lodhi and Catherine Johnson.   Celebrating ten years of Speaking Volumes, Not Quite Right for Us is a singular collection of stories, essays and poems by a dynamic mix of established and surging voices alike; it’s a warning shot, an affirmation, an education …   In this episode we’ll hear ‘Hey Coffee’ by Catherine Johnson; ‘Lessons in Assholery’ by Jay Bernard; and ‘The Freshie Rocker’ by afshan d’souza-lodhi. Our guide is children’s author, illustrator and publisher Ken Wilson-Max.   In forty short stories, poems and essays — by turns wry, gentle, furious, humorous, passionate, analytical and elliptical — these forty writers, new and established, speak volumes, invoking their experiences of outsiderness and their defiance against it.   Not Quite Right for Us is a stellar new anthology which explores the many ways we’ve all been made to feel ‘not quite right’ at some time or another.   Recorded in collaboration with Speaking Volumes.The anthology is available at all good bookshops, or order from Flipped Eye Publishing.If you enjoyed this episode of NQRFU, try London by Lockdown: a podcast about falling in love with a new city in the middle of a pandemic; remaining curious and open; and about making it work. Available on all podcast platforms or our website.   InformationMusic composed by Dominique Le GendreNarration by Lucy HannahBritish LibraryExtra music & SFX from Epidemic SoundEpisode Image by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@thenightstxlker?
  1. Childhood
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Work
  5. Travel

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