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The Amplify Project Podcasts

Black writers for the stage, page and screen tell us about themselves, their work, what inspires them and why they write.

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Theresa Ikoko

The Characters Are In Charge

Screenwriter and playwright, Theresa Ikoko, joins our host for ep 10, S2. Theresa shares her journey from winning awards for her first theatre play to writing for the screen.

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Leone Ross

Leone Ross

Strangeness as Metaphor

Novelist, short story writer, editor and educator Leone Ross join our hosts for ep 9, S2. In this episode we learn that being a writer comes from the impulse to tell stories to try to make sense of things with sentences.

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Patrice Lawrence

Mind Mapping

Joining us for Ep 8, S2 is writer and journalist, Patrice Lawrence. She is the author of the award-winning children and YA books, Orangeboy, Indigo Donut and Eight Pieces of Silver.

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Titans of Black British Publishing

Titans of Black British Publishing

In this special podcast we meet three women - Verna Wilkins, Susheila Nasta and Margaret Busby - who, over the last half a century, wrote, published, edited, curated and blazed a trail for today's writers.

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Courttia Newland

Cyclical Evolution

For Ep 7, S2 our hosts are joined by author, screenwriter, playwright, creative writing tutor and literary activist Courttia Newland. In this episode we learn about Courttia's drive for diversifying his writing using different genres and formats.

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Inua Ellams

Icaraus' Wings

Our guest for Episode 6, S2 of The Amplify Project is award-winning poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer, Inua Ellams.

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Dreda Say Mitchell

Honouring Oracy

Crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell MBE, joins hosts Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker for episode 5 in Series 2 of The Amplify Project.

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Ben Tagoe

The Pragmatic Optimist

BAFTA nominated writer Ben Tagoe joins our hosts Pauline Walker and Patricia Cumper for episode 4 of The Amplify Project.

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Dean Atta

Claiming His Tick Box

For the third episode of this series, our hosts are joined by YA writer Dean Atta.

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Roy Williams

Climbing The Racial Mountain

In this second episode in the series, our hosts are joined by one of the country's leading dramatists Roy Williams OBE FRSL

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Yomi Sode

The Malleable Storyteller

Introducing the first episode in this, the second series of The Amplify Project. Our podcast hosts Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award-winning Nigerian British writer, Yomi Sode.

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Common Threads: Black and Asian British Women’s Writing International Conference 2022

The Amplify Project at the Common Threads Conference 2022

In this special podcast we speak to writers and academics attending the conference at Brighton University in July 2022.

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A composite image of the presenters of The Amplify Project. Black, female artists both wearing headphones and grinning at each other on a Zoom call.

Pat Cumper & Pauline Walker

The Amplify Project Series 1 wrap-up

The hosts of The Amplify Project, Pauline Walker and Patricia Cumper, passionately believe that the Black British canon is fragmented and rarely recognised particularly in the UK. In this episode, they reflect on the first series of The Amplify Project in which they interviewed 10 esteemed Black British writers for the page, screen and stage.

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A portrait of the Black writer and academic Oladipo Agboluaje. He has close cropped hair and a greying beard and is wearing a blue sweatshirt.

Oladipo Agboluaje

The Unapologetic Writer

In this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by playwright and academic Oladipo Agboluaje.

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A portrait of Black writer for theatre, tv and radio and children's author Trish Cooke. She has short mid-brown hair, is wearing large purple earrings and a short-sleeved, square-necked patterned top in red, blue and yellow.

Trish Cooke

My Caribbean Heart

In this episode writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by children’s writer and writer for theatre, TV, Radio and film, actress Trish Cooke

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An image of Caribbean writer Anthony Joseph. He is wearing a black trilby, black shirt and is bearded. This image is a side profile and features a yellow background.

Anthony Joseph

Infiltrating The Canon

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award winning Caribbean poet, novelist, musician, and creative writing lecturer Anthony Joseph.

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An image of the Black writer Rachel Long. She has chin length black hair and is wearing a sleeveless black pleated black top with a high neck.

Rachel Long

Black Joy

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by poet Rachel Long. She tells us about being inspired by Jean “Binta” Breeze, wanting to write poems that sound and feel real and why she set up Octavia Poetry Collective.

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A portrait of the writer Hafsa Zayyan. She has long curly hair and is wearing a khaki long sleeved top and gold necklace.

Hafsa Zayyan

It's Been a Wild Ride

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by debut novelist Hafsa Zayyan, winner of the #Merky Books New Writer’s Prize.

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An image of the Black writer Colin Grant taken outside. He is wearing glasses and is sporting a brown hat, blue shirt and yellow jacket.

Colin Grant

I've been a ventriloquist

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by memoirist and biographer Colin Grant. He tells us about writing his memoir Bageye at the Wheel and how he was inspired to write about Jamaican greats Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

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The Black female author Juliet Gilkes Romero is pictured sitting with her arms on a table, chin resting on her clasped hands. She is wearing an orange shawl with blue, black and grey detail and a grey v-neck top

Juliet Gilkes Romero

Soy Negra

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by Juliet Gilkes Romero who speaks about how her identity as a Black woman is integral to her writing.

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Alex Wheatle

Reading became my saviour

For this episode writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by award-winning author Alex Wheatle who shares with us how reading became his saviour.

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A portrait of Black novelist and journalist Diana Evans. She has shoulder length hair and is wearing a maroon jacket, blue shirt and blue scarf.

Diana Evans

Finding my voice

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by novelist and journalist Diana Evans.

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A portrait of Black poet Nick Makoha. He is pictured outside leaning against a wall. He's wearing a white t-shirt and tracksuit top.

Nick Makoha

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

For this episode, writers Patricia Cumper and Pauline Walker are joined by poet Nick Makoha.

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