Sai Murray is a writer, poet and graphic designer of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage.
His debut poetry collection, Ad-liberation, was published by Peepal Tree in 2013 and was described as: “social commentary at its best… wry, witty and biting… traverses standard poetry and prose” by The Jamaica Gleaner.
Sai has performed his “seriously playful and playfully serious” poetry on stages throughout the UK, across the US, Africa and in the Caribbean. His dramatic performances employ a fusion of techniques varying from reggae-rhythms to hip-hop flow to stand up comedy, displaying an “insight that is irresistibly politicising and humanising with humour, angry-yet-calm honesty, linguistic punch, tenderness, and barefaced cheek” (Red Pepper magazine).
The first part of Sai's debut novel, Kill Myself Now: The True Confessions of An Advertising Genius is published by Inscribe. Sai's poetry and short stories also feature in the Peepal Tree/ Inscribe anthologies: Red; Closure; and Creative Freedom. Other notable anthologies that feature Sai's work include: Tangled Roots (2014); and Dance The Guns to Silence (Flipped Eye, 2005).
In 2015 Sai was the lead writer on Virtual Migrants' touring production Continent Chop Chop – a theatrical performance combining poetry, music and digital media that addressed issues of migration, racism, austerity and climate justice.
Projects Sai has been commissioned for include: Weatherfronts: Writing Climate Change – with Zena Edwards and Selina Nwulu (2015); Action Saro-Wiwa – poetry for the Ogoni 9 Living Memorial journey to Nigeria (2015); Platform's C Words: Culture, Carbon, Climate, Capital (2009) – poetry residency with Dorothea Smartt; Southwark 2007B Poet in Residence (2008).
Currently Sai holds positions as: resident poet at Numbi; creative writing facilitator/mentor of The Write Stuff with mental health arts charity Artists in Mind; the arts and politics editor of Sable LitMag; artistic director of Scarf magazine; board member of Remember Oluwale and an organising member of PARCOE (the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe).
As an educator, Sai has helped promote, co-produce and develop several UK art-activist initiatives and is a founding poet facilitator/mentor on Platform’s youth arts and campaigning programme Voices that Shake!. He is one of the UK’s leading youth poet coaches, successfully leading teams to victory at: Leeds Young Authors Voices of a New Generation (2009, 2010, 2012), the Speak Up slam (2012), South Yorkshire Poetry Slam (2012) and at the largest ever UK national slam, Shake the Dust (2012).
In a former life Sai worked in advertising – clean for over 16 years he now works with selected grassroots community organisations through his artist/activist promotions agency, Liquorice Fish. He has designed, edited and published several books, resources and toolkits including: Re-Membering: A Creative Journey to Wholeness – AiM (2010); No Condition Is Permanent: 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change – Platform (2010); Abeng Soundings: A Timeline of Anti-Slavery Resistance – S2007B (2008); Cross Community Dialogue Facilitation Toolkit – Grassroots Rising (2007); What’s This Place? – Stories from Radical Social Centres in the UK and Ireland – Autonomus Geographies Project (2008); Retrofitting the Corporate City: 5 Principles for Urban Survival – P. Chatterton (2006).
Find him online at saimurai.wordpress.com.
Titles featuring Sai Murray
- Kill Myself NowPrice: £4.99
- Ad-liberationPrice: £8.99
- RedPrice: £9.99
- ClosurePrice: £9.99Jacob Ross , Kadija Sesay , Seni Seneviratne , Leone Ross , Desiree Reynolds , Sai Murray , Raman Mundair , Bernardine Evaristo , Monica Ali , Dinesh Allirajah , Muli Amaye , Lynne E. Blackwood , Judith Bryan , Jacqueline Clarke , Jacqueline Crooks , Fred D'Aguiar , Sylvia Dickinson , Gaylene Gould , Michelle Inniss , Valda Jackson , Peter Kalu , Patrice Lawrence , Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi , Tariq Mehmood , Chantal Oakes , Karen Onojaife , Koye Oyedeji , Louisa Adjoa Parker , Hana Riaz , Akila Richards , Ayesha Siddiqi , Mahsuda Snaith
- Creative FreedomPrice: £9.99
Book reviews for Sai Murray
- Ad-liberationPrice: £8.99
Review written by Jane Trowell for Red Pepper Review written by Glenville Ashby for Jamaica Gleaner Review written by Staff writer for Which Book Review written by Becky Cherriman for beckycherriman.com
- ClosurePrice: £9.99
Review written by Cathy Galvin for Word Factory TV Review written by Maggie Gee for The Guardian Review written by Catrina Walters for Words of Colour Review written by Joanne C. Hillhouse for jhohadli