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

Love touches us all at some point — from dependable familial bonds to the warm comfort of childhood pets, from the heady perfume of romance to the cherished appreciation of community, culture, country. The physical and emotional connections transcend barriers, cross generations and borders. And yet, love can sometimes be ‘not quite right’, taking where it should be giving, causing destruction — even as we still love. In this episode we’ll hear ‘The Pilgrimage’ by Amina Atiq; ’Knot’ by Leonie Ross; and ’The Apocrypha of O’ by Gaele Sobott. Our guide is poet, novelist and musician Dr Anthony Joseph. Available at all good bookshops, or you can order from Flipped Eye Publishing. Speaking Volumes live literature organisation. <span style="border-block: unset; border-inline: unset; border-start-start-radius: unset; border-start-end-radius: unset; border-end-start-radius: unset; border-end-end-radius: unset; overflow-inline: unset; overflow-block: unset; overscroll-behavior-inline: unset; overscroll-behavior-block: unset; margin-block: unset; margin-inline: unset; scroll-margin-block: unset; scroll-margin-inline: unset; padding-block: unset; padding-inline: unset; scroll-padding-block: unset; scroll-padding-inline: unset; inset-block: unset; inset-inline: unset; block-size: unset; min-block-size: unset; max-block-size: unset; inline-size: unset; min-inline-size: unset; max-inline-size: unset; background: unset; background-blend-mode: unset; border: unset; border-radius: unset; box-decoration-break: unset; -moz-float-edge: unset; display: unset; position: fixed; float: unset; clear: unset; vertical-align: unset; overflow: unset; overflow-anchor: unset; transition: unset; animation: unset; transform: unset; rotate: unset; scale: unset; translate: unset; offset: unset; scroll-behavior: unset; scroll-snap-align: unset; scroll-snap-type: unset; overscroll-behavior: unset; isolation: unset; break-after: unset; break-before: unset; break-inside: unset; resize: unset; perspective: unset; perspective-origin: unset; backface-visibility: unset; transform-box: unset; transform-style: unset; transform-origin: unset; contain: unset; appearance: unset; -moz-orient: unset; will-change: unset; shape-image-threshold: unset; shape-margin: unset; shape-outside: unset; touch-action: unset; -webkit-line-clamp: unset; columns: unset; column-fill: unset; column-rule: unset; column-span: unset; content: unset; counter-increment: unset; counter-reset: unset; counter-set: unset; opacity: unset; box-shadow: unset; clip: rect(0px, 0px, 0px, 0px); filter: unset; mix-blend-mode: unset; font: unset; font-synthesis: unset; -moz-osx-font-smoothing: unset; visibility: unset; writing-mode: unset; text-orientation: unset; color-adjust: unset; image-rendering: unset; image-orientation: unset; dominant-baseline: unset; text-anchor: unset; color-interpolation: unset; color-interpolation-filters: unset; fill: unset; fill-opacity: unset; fill-rule: unset; shape-rendering: unset; stroke: unset; stroke-width: unset; stroke-linecap: unset; stroke-linejoin: unset; stroke-miterlimit: unset; stroke-opacity: unset; stroke-dasharray: unset; stroke-dashoffset: unset; clip-rule: unset; marker: unset; paint-order: unset; -moz-context-properties: unset; border-collapse: unset; empty-cells: unset; caption-side: unset; border-spacing: unset; color: unset; text-transform: unset; hyphens: unset; -moz-text-size-adjust: unset; text-indent: unset; overflow-wrap: unset; word-break: unset; text-justify: unset; text-align-last: unset; text-alig

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