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Lunar Poetry Podcasts

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A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process. Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.


Ep. 129 - Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet , educator, and writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. The pair start by speaking about overcoming the fears of speaking your truth publicly, learning to trust readers and publishers outside of immediate live audiences, and Suhaiymah's journey discovering poetry. Next, we jump into the thick fogs of British colonialism, spend some time naming and shaming it and discussing the legacy of inequality it leaves in how histories are held and taught in our libraries, archives, and museums. Across an hour that felt like a minute, Suhaiymah also squeezes in some self-care tips, and gives another beautiful answer to the perennial ultimate question - why poetry?

Suhaiymah reads three poems - 

06:19 - Where Is My History?

35:03 - A Virtue Of Disobedience 

42:17 - Bacon, Bank Notes, Benjamins

Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

For more from Suhaiymah:

Buy Suhaiymah's debut collection Postcolonial Banter here, published by Verve Poetry Press - 

For more from PJ:

For more from us:

Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here:

Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: 

Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. 

Also mentioned on the podcast - 

Dan Hicks - The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution

Ian Cobain - The History Thieves Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

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