The angry black woman trope is a longstanding widely spread pernicious stereotype of black women that has found its way into mainstream popular culture, the media, working environments, schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions as well as rearing its ugly head in everyday interactions and the personal lives of black women. More often than not, […]Read more
Karibee Books: An Afternoon with Siana Bangura
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
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
‘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
Announcing ‘CONGREGATION’: The Black History Month Tour, 2016
We’re thrilled to announce that Siana will be embarking on her Black History Month tour once again this year. Last October she set alight stages across the UK and made headlines. This year you can expect even greater performances of the poetry that makes up ‘Elephant’, her debut collection as well as lots of passion […]Read more
A specially curated night of love, honesty, history, and great poetry
After reading Siana Bangura’s truthful collection of poetry about her experiences, I was thrilled to be able to attend the launch event that she had been so excited about in the weeks leading up to the release of ‘Elephant’. On Friday 20th May, a special moment took place in the heart of Hackney at the […]Read more