Oluwale Now: An Anthology of Poetry, Prose and Artwork
“A powerful, varied, lyrical tribute that mobilises our memory and engages the imagination.”
– GARY YOUNGE, journalist, author, broadcaster and academic
Price
£19.99
Author(s)
Sai Murray (Ed)
Emily Zobel Marshall (Ed)
ISBN number
9781845235819
Price
£19.99
Classification
Anthologies
Publication date
07 Dec 2023

“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 

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. 

“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 

“A powerful, varied, lyrical tribute that mobilises our memory and engages the imagination.” 

– GARY YOUNGE, journalist, author, broadcaster and academic

Variations
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Sai Murray (Ed)

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.
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Emily Zobel Marshall (Ed)

Emily Zobel Marshall spent her childhood in a remote village in the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales with her Black Caribbean mother and white English father. She is a Reader in Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University, and specialises in Caribbean literature and Caribbean carnival cultures. She is The author of Bath of Herbs, a collection of poetry, and two non-fiction books, Anansi’s Journey (University of the West Indies Press), and American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit (Rowman and Littlefield).
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