Join international writer, poet and interdisciplinary artist Malika Booker presenting her first poetry collection, Pepper Seed, published by Peepal Tree Press and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize.

Malika Booker’s Pepper Seed is map and compass to a world of distinct yet interconnected landscapes.

At home in a number of locales (Brooklyn, Brixton, Trinidad, Guyana, and Grenada) Booker trains a brave eye on the unspeakable and the unspoken. By turns bearing witness, to the interior lives of the characters that people her poems, and laying herself bare, conjuring an immediate and complex vision of the miraculous ordinary. Pepper Seed is a wind at the reader’s back. It tickles, whispers, prods and shouts as we are borne from one world to the next.”

Malika will read from her work, followed by a Q & A and book signing.

When: Friday 22 September, 7.00pm
Where: Tate Modern, Terrace Shop, L1, Blavatnik Building
Tickets: Free

Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage and the co-founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, the influential writers development collective which has nourished such voices as Inua Ellams and Warsan Shire. She was recently awarded the Cultural Fellowship in Creative Writing/ Literary Art post at Leeds University. Malika was the first British poet to be a fellow at Cave Canem and the inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with the British Council. Malika has also written for the stage and radio, and her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals. She has been shortlisted with Nine Nights (The Poetry Review) for 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem