RSVP to the launch for our newest poetry pamphlet: “This House” by Rehema Njambi. The event will be hosted by publisher Emma Wright, and it will feature readings from Rehema Njambi and special guests Saili Katebe and Gicheru Wanjiku.
You can pre-order a copy of the book here.
The book’s blurb: Rehema Njambi unpacks identity, faith, womanhood and – above all – agency, in poems partly inspired by conversations with the Black, mostly African, women around her.
Imbued with quiet resistance to patriarchal societies, Njambi’s debut collection is an ode to the women who have raised her, and their strength and their ability to hold, sustain, and be rooted in their faith. The poems resound with their idea of home, and belonging they wish to pass on to their daughters.
Rehema Njambi is a Kenyan-born, British-raised poet and writer whose work centres on womanhood, agency, faith and family. She has been a performance poet for over ten years and has performed broadly in the UK, Nairobi, and the US. In December 2020 she was longlisted for the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. She divides her time between Oxford and London. This is her first collection.
Saili Katebe is a Zambian-born writer, performer and workshop facilitator based in the south west of England. His work celebrates the musicality of language and the power of art as a way to connect people. When he is not writing, or performing his own work, he actively seeks out opportunities to collaborate with other artists across other disciplines.
Gicheru Wanjiku is a passionate human with a zeal for life and a deep love for humanity. Wanjiku is a spoken word artist and Theatre For Development Practitioner working with communities to shift perspectives. Winning the 1st runners up at the 64th Grand Slam, Wanjiku has found a space within the poetry scene, with her poetry revolving around sexuality, femininity, political history and boldness. As a multifaceted artist who models, acts, does costume design for films and emcees at Kwani Open Mic, Wanjiku aims to question societal norms.