This weekend Siana took part in the Litro Weekender! She hosted a poetry hour in which she was in conversation with guests about the themes in her debut collection of poetry, ‘Elephant’ and also ran a marvellous Litro Women’s Hour with Irenosen Okojie and Frances Mensah Williams. Many thanks to Karibee Books for coming along […]Read more
‘One Year Anniversary of Elephant’ with Siana Bangura and Special Guests
Poet in Residence Siana Bangura returned to Housmans to celebrate the one year anniversary of the publication of her award winning debut collection of poetry, Elephant. Special guests supporting on the night were poet and performer Shareefa Energy and singer-songwriter Ayelle. Earlier this year, Housmans was proud to announce our very first Poet in Residence […]Read more
One Year of ‘Elephant’: Triumphs, milestones, and remembrance – A personal essay by Siana
Wow. ‘Wow’ feels like it should be the first word of this reflection because since the day I released ‘Elephant’ into the world, I have uttered the word ‘wow’ countless times. The feeling of awe, surprise, and a certain amount of disbelief has not quite left me yet and maybe it never will – […]Read more
Throwing it back to Mostly Lit!
The anniversary celebrations continue! We’re throwing it back to Siana’s first appearance on Mostly Lit podcast! Did you know that she was their very first special guest? Fast forward a year later and they are an award winning podcast, they are verified on Twitter, certified by iTunes, have a third host, listeners worldwide and have chinwagged […]Read more
Black Blossoms Giveaway – TEN SIGNED COPIES of ‘Elephant’!
Our friends at Black Blossoms are helping us celebrate a year of ‘Elephant’ by giving away TEN FREE SIGNED copies of the collection. All you have to do is tweet or send a pic via Instagram and caption it with when you realised you had ‘blossomed’. When did your life turn around for the better? […]Read more
In Conversation with Creative Nestlings
Siana caught up with Dillion S. Phiri of South African publication, Creative Nestlings, to discuss the release of her new short film, ‘Denim’, exploring gentrification in South East London; as well as discuss her love of writing, how her art intersects with her activism, and what exactly makes Siana’s fire burn so brightly. On the […]Read more
Worldwide Release of ‘Denim’!
It’s finally here! After weeks of build up, ‘Denim’, Siana Bangura’s poetic short film exploring gentrification in South East London, is now live and free to watch on YouTube. Fusing together poetry, music, and film, ‘Denim’ takes us on a trip down memory lane in which we get an insight into the estates, buildings, and […]Read more
Bookseller Feature: ‘5 things inspiring poet, publisher and activist Siana Bangura right now’
Siana caught up with Molly Flatt at the Bookseller to discuss the things that are currently inspiring her to live, think and work differently, including gadgets, platforms, books and people. On Books: ‘Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis. This book is a stunning collection of essays, interviews and ideas by one of the […]Read more
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Screening And Q&A
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close […]Read more
‘Denim’ is Coming!
This weekend Siana Bangura released the trailer to her upcoming poetic short film, ‘Denim’, an exploration of the effects of gentrification in South East London. Shot and edited by documentary filmmaker Susuana Amoah and featuring vocals by singer-singwriter Nia Ekanem, ‘Denim’ is a raw reflection of what happens when the city changes and those who […]Read more