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We are delighted to welcome Malika Booker to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival. (Sponsored by the British Council).

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 - Poet Malika Booker.

Malika Booker is a British writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage, whose work spans literature, education and cross-arts.

Awarded numerous international residencies, Malika is a Fellow of both The Complete Works and Cave Canem. She was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is founder of ‘Malika’s Poetry Kitchen’, a writer’s collective for beginning and emerging poets.

Malika’s first stage work (monologue/play) ‘Absolution’ was commissioned by The Austrian Cultural Institute, Apples & Snakes and Battersea Arts Centre and was a double bill with Toby Jones’ play The Reprieve. The performance toured nationally.

Absolution a play by Malika Booker.

Her collection of poetry ‘Breadfruit’ (2007), was recommended by the Poetry Society and ‘Pepper Seed’ (2013) was long-listed in 2014 for the OCM Bocas Prize and also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize.

Pepper Seed a collection of poetry by Malika Booker.

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

‘My Mother’s Blues’ a poem from Pepper Seed …


Malika is currently a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University, she is working on her next poetry collection.

“Writing is the best way to engage the imagination, to create magic, change the world. I write because my mother tells me I am the first generation of women to be able to tell our stories and because I know there are women in the world who cannot speak. I write to make sense of life, to make the ordinary extraordinary. I write to tell stories, our stories. But most importantly, I write because I cannot do anything else. If I am not writing, then I am not breathing.” – Malika Booker

Malika Booker at FGLF 2017

Do not miss Malika Booker at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017:

FGLF Day 4: Saturday – January 14, 2017


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FGLF Day 4: Saturday – January 14, 2017


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