A beautiful anthology featuring new writing responding to the life and death of David Oluwale, a Nigerian immigrant to Leeds found drowned in the River Aire in 1969. The anthology also includes selections from previously published works by writers including Kester Aspden, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Zodwa Nyoni, and competition judges Ian Duhig and Caryl Phillips.
‘In Claudia Rankine’s Citizen the speaker is asked in England if she will write about Mark Duggan. She replies, “Why don’t you?”
Our competition entrants rose to that challenge over David Oluwale’s story and its continuing echoes for our
society in new and moving ways. Their work stands confidently beside that of better-known writers in an
anthology all can be proud of, a document of their refusal to be silent in the face of abusive power.’
Ian Duhig (judge)