As a Bristol based press, we are privileged to publish books for some of the very best spoken word poets the city has offered over the last decade. From the comedic, to the DIY, to the caregivers and the slam champions and now we’re releasing a debut from one of Bristol’s, and the UK’s, hip-hop and performance legends, Muneera Pilgrim.
That Day She’ll Proclaim Her Chronicles has been a careful labour which is understandable given that this is the first time Muneera’s work has been gathered together like this. We are thrilled to have produced the final version to be read, shared and extending the knowledge of some of Bristol’s most politically charged, and now-gentrified places belonging to black and islamic communities. Muneera’s wisdom seeps out of every page, and each poem is magnetic, playful and offers something new to learn about humanity.
For centuries poetry has been a form of knowledge and a way of knowing for non centred people. In this collection Muneera re-centres her voice and the voices of other people that are often times relegated to the sidelines or misrepresented in mainstream thought. That Day She’ll Relate Her Chronicles explores belonging, spirituality, gender race and identity as well as themes of girlhood, pop cultural, familial bonds and crushes, against the back drop of London and Bristol streets steeped colonial power structures that still live on. Despite that this collection is a story of love and a labour of love.
‘Muneera is a storyteller whose lyrical verse reflects an instinctual feeling for the music of language in a quest for meaning’Linton Kwesi Johnson
Muneera Pilgrim is an international poet, cultural producer, writer, broadcaster and TEDx speaker. She conducts workshops, shares art, lectures, and finds alternative ways to tell stories, build community and exchange ideas.
She regularly contributes to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. She is a community artist-researcher, a mental health professional, and an alumni associate artist with the English Touring Theatre, where she is working on her first play.
Muneera has written for the Guardian, Amaliah, Huffington Post, the Independent, Al Jazeera, Black Ballad, and various other digital and print platforms. She has been featured across the BBC network, as well as Sky News, Sky Arts and Al Jazeera. In 2015 a documentary about her former group Poetic Pilgrimage was commissioned by Al Jazeera. Hip-Hop Hijabis has been screened several times since.Muneera holds an MA in Islamic studies, where she focused on Black British pathways to spirituality, migration, gender and race, and she holds a second MA in Women’s Studies, where she focused on the intersection of faith and spirituality, race, gender, autoethnography and methodologies of empowerment for non-centred people. Her innovation in her work won her the Ann Kaloski-Naylor Award for Adventurous Academic Writing. muneerapilgrim.com