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Rootz Runnin

Published by Peepal Tree Press

ISBN: 9781845230593

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"These marvellous poems by Khadijah Ibrahiim, driven by the rhythms of speech – Jamaican, Yorkshire, Arabic – and invoking the musicality of soul-jazz-funk and roots reggae, call out for a 21st century ‘consciousness vibe’ to feed and sustain us. Beautiful and moving, these are ‘stories stitched tightly’ into crafted poems, stories of a generation ‘barn hyah’, raised on the internationalism of sound systems and the stylin’s of soul-head funky dreads. These wonderful poems pull at the roots of us – poems for anyone with hair on their head, poems like ‘waves [to] teck mi back to which part mi did come from’."
Dorothea Smartt

"Khadijah combines her rich gifts for rhythm, rhyme and rap in these wonderfully evocative poems which carry a rare authenticity, drawing as they do from lived experience. These are poems about family, friendships, love and survival – and ultimately a people’s growing awareness of their rights and worth in a society that barely welcomed them."
Jacob Ross

Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds of Jamaican parentage. Hailed as one of Yorkshire's leading poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared alongside the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah.
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