Back in April Clive and I headed up to the Albert Hall to help judge Poetry Rivals. We had a great day and saw a number of terrific poets, but the one who really caught our ears was Jamal Mehmood. He became the decided Poetry Rivals 2015 champion and went away to work on his debut pamphlet Little Boy Blue which we are very pleased to announce is now available to buy from our online store.
Little Boy Blue (taken from the Nina Simone song) is rich and colourful and I think a precursor to an impressionable career in poetry. The pamphlet is our favourite blend of personal and political, creating narrative around ideas of family, identity and life as a British Pakistani Muslim. There are heart-warming moments of nostalgia and instances of deep reflection as Little Boy Blue spans lifetimes of social pain and racial anxiety. Jamal has created something unique and beautiful.