The Amplify Project

Black writers in their own words

Podcast Episodes

The greatest gift bestowed upon us is the ability to tell and share a story

Nick Makoha discusses his love of language, how he became a poet, the power of storytelling and his commitment to pursuing a career as a writer without a safety net.

Finding my voice

Diana Evans discusses how she started writing novels, juggling her twin careers as novelist and journalist, her writing process and winning awards.

Reading became my saviour

Alex Wheatle shares with us how reading became his saviour, when he started writing novels before moving into developing a successful career writing YA fiction and how his life was put on the screen in acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films.

Soy Negra

Juliet Gilkes Romero speaks about her revolutionary parents, starting out as a journalist before switching to playwriting and how her identity as a black woman writer is integral to her writing.

I've been a ventriloquist

Memoirist and biographer Colin Grant tells us about writing his memoir Bageye at the Wheel; how he was inspired to write about Jamaican greats Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer; and the importance of his platform, Writers Mosaic, which nurtures and mentors writers of colour.