In a powerful debut, rising star Sophia Thakur brings her spoken word performance to the page. Be with yourself for a moment. Be yourself for a moment. Airplane mode everything but yourself for a moment. From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a stirring collection of coming-of-age poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss, and joy. From youth to school to family life to falling in love and falling back out again--the poems draw on the author's experience as a young mixed-race woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. With a strong narrative voice and emotional empathy, this is poetry that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background and whatever their dreams.
___________________________________ What do you want to be when you grow up? Discover the new daring tales of inspiration from over fifty iconic British icons today, who have each harnessed their curiosity and ambition and turned it into their own superhero power. With a special introduction by Stormzy! Every inspirational figure has something that makes them special, just like you. Just look at: · Princess K, who went from tapping her foot under the desk at school, to dancing centre stage at Glastonbury · Dina Asher Smith, who started out crawling at lightning speed and became the fastest British woman in history · Reggie Yates, who used his power of empathy to connect instantly both in person and through the TV · Riz Ahmed, whose ability to code-switch between cultures and creative outlets let him excel as a scholar, actor, activist, and rapper · Liam Charles, who followed his childhood passion in the kitchen to become a Bake Off master This is a book filled with inspiring journeys, to encourage and empower you to harness your power, and become your own superhero.
It's time to reclaim poetry. Collected by international poetry sensation Nikita Gill, SLAM! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This is a joyful celebration of the ground-breaking poets making their voices heard in the spoken word scene. Empowering, inspiring and often hilarious, SLAMs are a platform for well-known and emerging talent from all walks of life where every style of poetry has a home. With poets such as Raymond Antrobus, Sophia Thakur and Dean Atta guest starring alongside up-and-coming poets, this is the perfect introduction to the world of modern poetry. Each poet will introduce their poem, tell you a little bit about themselves and give you a tip for preparing brilliant performance poetry.
Jack Boyton, only grandson of one of the few Irish peers left in Ireland, is summoned from his busy high-profile entertainment job in Dublin to his family’s sedate country estate in the tight-knit community of Milltown, Donegal, where everybody knows everyone’s business. When his adopted uncle becomes seriously ill, Jack soon realizes he is happiest when surrounded by family and his childhood friends, TJ and Marie, who keep him grounded in the real world. As it dawns on Jack that his family should be his priority, he enlists the help of his friends to do just that although his growing feelings for Marie complicate matters, especially when he tries to find out if she likes him as much as he does her and wonders what tension this would cause between TJ and himself. After all, Marie is TJ’s twin sister. To some, village life could feel stifling, but Jack knows when the chips are down, the community will look out for each other no matter the old feuds, fights, or differences; and their help seems more worthy now that his uncle is dying. When Jack is left a daunting task from beyond the grave by his late uncle to retrieve a mythical spear and keep it from the power-hungry hands of the notorious recluse, Maximilian Elstrom, he finds trying to put things right for his uncle has led his family and friends into grave danger. The cozy life he envisaged is about to be shot to pieces when he realizes that life as he knew it, growing up full of wealth and privilege, had also been full of lies and deceit.
Unconditional Love The saga continues in the lives of longtime friends Gerald and Catherine. On December 23, 1984, Catherine Russell marries her best friend, Gerald Lucas. Shortly after they're married, a lover from Gerald's past makes her presence known and causes Catherine to doubt his fidelity. Will old lovers threaten their marriage? While dealing with this drama, an internal affair's agent constantly rehashes the tragic events surrounding Catherine's mother's death. Will her unwarranted inquiries into their past jeopardize Gerald's career in law enforcement? Over the years, Catherine refused to discuss the traumatic events of her childhood. Ultimately, a secret that she has kept for more than twenty years is revealed, and she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Will this secret tear the family apart?
All I wanted was a part of your life, You gave me the world, You gave me your heart, You gave me your smile. You gave me everything, And I became rich, Rich with your love And your knowledge that bewitched! Every morning, when the sun rises, I wallow with delight, Have everything I need, There is nothing more to seek, Except bask in solitude And pen my sentiments, That I inspire someone, And I feel nostalgic!