Hot off the press: Oluwale Now (out 7 December 2023)

“A powerful, varied, lyrical tribute that mobilises our memory and engages the imagination.”
– Gary Younge, journalist, author, broadcaster and academic

Available to pre-order; books will be posted just prior to publication.

We've received our print copies of Oluwale Now: An Anthology of Poetry, Prose and Artwork Responding to the Story of David Oluwale and preorders are shipping as we speak. You can join us for the book launch of Oluwale Now on Friday 8 December 2023.

Oluwale Now explores the contemporary issues that David Oluwale’s story touches upon through over 40 selections of poetry and prose (including prize-winning submissions from Hannah Stone; Gill Tennant, Gayathiri Kamalakanthan) as well as over 20 featured artworks and photography. Central to this book are the themes of memory, belonging, otherness and optimism. Building upon Remembering Oluwale: An Anthology (edited by SJ Bradley, Valley Press, 2016), this anthology moves through historical and contemporary pain towards hope; there is an upward thrust through Oluwale Now which refuses to deny or sugar-coat the horrors of systematic racism and brutality but allows us a glimpse of a better future.

While visiting Leeds, you can also check out the recently unveiled Oluwale memorial Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA. Many of the book's contributors were present for the statue's unveiling recently, and the Trans Pennine Travelling Sisters, of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, declared the statue a shrine (having previously canonising Oluwale as St David of the People of the Fast Flowing River, Protector of Immigrants and of All Who Love to Dance).

Oluwale Now is a book of moving poetry, searing prose, beautiful photography, and stunning artwork. This powerful and timely anthology makes the story of David Oluwale visible again, showing how a life cut short by racism can illuminate a path towards a more egalitarian society in the future.”
– Professor Ben Carrington, University of Southern California

“An intersectional anthology that imaginatively considers David’s story. Poetic and artistic responses to his tricksterish qualities and his capacities in spite of many inflictions. An absorbing and essential collection which cares to care about Oluwale, and does so deeply.”
– Melanie Abrahams, Hon. FRSL FRSA, Creative Director, Renaissance One

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