Frenchaire Gardner shares hope and love to foster and adopted children in her award-winning children’s book.

TNR: You chose foster and adopted children as your target audience in your latest book. Why so? FG: This book is very personal to me because my biological children have been adopted. Not only is it important to let my four children know they are loved, but it’s important for all children to know that… Continue reading Frenchaire Gardner shares hope and love to foster and adopted children in her award-winning children’s book.

Renowned African Writer appointed as a columnist for 2022 in Malimbe Magazine 

The ingenious writing prodigy who has published fourteen books and has six forthcoming titles joins the roll-call of other illustrious African Writers who have been columnists at Malimbe Magazine. Tolu’ A. Akinyemi is a writer of repute who has garnered international acclaim for his outstanding literary works. The multi-award-winning Nigerian writer, who writes in the… Continue reading Renowned African Writer appointed as a columnist for 2022 in Malimbe Magazine 

Richard S. T Gilliam harps on the importance of STEM subjects in new children’s book

TNR: What inspired your recently published children’s book, “Diversed in STEM: When We Believe, We Achieve”? R: I was inspired to write my book based on my life. Being from the inner city of Philadelphia, I grew up in an area where I lacked drive and motivation. I really didn’t believe in myself and my… Continue reading Richard S. T Gilliam harps on the importance of STEM subjects in new children’s book

Black Northern Writers Shaping the Literary Culture on the Tyne

Since time immemorial, the written word has transcended borders and writers who, either through economic migration, adventure, self-preservation, or the sanctity of their pen, have found refuge in new territories. These new cities have become homes to the erudite ones who have enraptured us through their published works and literary talents. Tyne and Wear in… Continue reading Black Northern Writers Shaping the Literary Culture on the Tyne

Interview with Nigerian Writer, Adeola Gbalajobi, recently endorsed by Arts Council England as a writer with exceptional promise

TNR: Did getting the Arts Council England endorsement as a writer with exceptional promise feel like a just reward for your years of labour within the literary community? AG: Yes, it did. I’ve been submitting my works for publications in journals and literary magazines since 2017. Then, I just wanted my poems and writings to… Continue reading Interview with Nigerian Writer, Adeola Gbalajobi, recently endorsed by Arts Council England as a writer with exceptional promise

A chat with Jide Badmus – An engineer, essayist, storyteller and Poet, on his literary journey

TNR: What or who influenced your journey into writing? Lanre Badmus, my younger brother, was the main reason I started writing poetry. He used to have his poems up on his faculty noticeboard at the University. I would go all the way from engineering to the Law Faculty to read. My parents were avid readers,… Continue reading A chat with Jide Badmus – An engineer, essayist, storyteller and Poet, on his literary journey

In a chat with Azeezat Olayinka Okunlola, joint second place winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

TNR: Congratulations on your joint second place finish in the “Prisoner of Love” poetry contest. How do you feel about this? I feel excited! Well, I haven’t been in the competitive literary space for a while now, and just when I was getting my boots back on, this happens! So, yes! I’m excited and I… Continue reading In a chat with Azeezat Olayinka Okunlola, joint second place winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

A Book of Poetic Wisdom – A Review of Tolu Akinyemi’s Dead Cats Don’t Meow

Book Title: Dead Cats Don’t Meow: Don’t waste the ninth life Author: Tolu A. Akinyemi                                    Year of Publication: 2019 Number of Pages: 113                        Category: Poetry Cats are said to have nine lives and a reputation for getting out of sticky situations unscathed. While some of us despise them and avoid them when they meow, Tolu A.… Continue reading A Book of Poetic Wisdom – A Review of Tolu Akinyemi’s Dead Cats Don’t Meow

There is No Such Thing as a Secret-A Review of Tolu’ A. Akinyemi’s Never Marry a Writer

Title: Never Marry a Writer Author: Tolu’ A. Akinyemi  Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Year of Publication: 2021 Number of Pages:  80 Category: Poetry Never Marry a Writer is Tolu’ A. Akinyemi’s seventh poetry collection, divided into three sections and containing over fifty poems on a variety of intriguing topics. The poems in this collection, on the other… Continue reading There is No Such Thing as a Secret-A Review of Tolu’ A. Akinyemi’s Never Marry a Writer

Slow Down (and live in the moment) – A Review of Deji Ajibade’s Living by the Script

Title: Living by the Script: Making the Most of Your Life Author: Deji Ajibade                                                                           Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Year of Publication: 2021      Number of Pages:  105 Category: Self-Help You might have heard the saying that money cannot buy happiness. This saying might sound unconvincing or even hilarious to many Nigerians. Can you tell a Nigerian who cannot afford three… Continue reading Slow Down (and live in the moment) – A Review of Deji Ajibade’s Living by the Script

Multi-Award-Winning Author releases collection of poems ‘A god in a Human Body’ to kick-start the New Year

Written by the incredibly talented Children’s author, storyteller, essayist and poet Tolu’ A. Akinyemi, ‘A god in a Human Body’ explores themes of spirituality, divinity and the enormous power that we possess while we traverse this earthly passage. Multi-award-winning author Tolu’ A. Akinyemi has always admired the sheer force in humans and the ability to… Continue reading Multi-Award-Winning Author releases collection of poems ‘A god in a Human Body’ to kick-start the New Year

In the Grips of a Pandemic, JB Favour’s new release “Once Upon a Virus” Chronicles the travails of the last 24 months.

Bio: JB Favour is a ghostwriter, Voiceover Artist, Editor and Poet from Nigeria. She is the founder of the book promotion platform Bookterviews – Meet An Author Show, an interview platform for authors to share the behind story of their writing journey and challenges, inspirations and growth as authors on her YouTube channel and website.… Continue reading In the Grips of a Pandemic, JB Favour’s new release “Once Upon a Virus” Chronicles the travails of the last 24 months.

A Role Played by the Rules – A Review of Funmi Coker’s Letter to Lilly

Title: Letter to Lilly Author: Funmi Coker Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Year of Publication: 2021      Number of Pages:  52Category: Poetry It takes bravery to choose to dream big in a world that does not provide the right conditions for the girl child to thrive. In Nigeria, the girl child/women face numerous challenges. As a result, more women are… Continue reading A Role Played by the Rules – A Review of Funmi Coker’s Letter to Lilly

A Poet’s Perception on Pain, Life and Much More – A Review of Anda Damisa’s A Lazy Poet

Book Title: A Lazy Poet Author: Anda Damisa (Lazywrita) Year of Publication: 2019 Number of Pages: 70                 Category: Poetry “Do not love me/Do not care/This heart has nothing to share,” the author, Andy Damisa, says in A Lazy Poet, a collection of poems inspired by the author’s personal experiences and those around him. There is anger… Continue reading A Poet’s Perception on Pain, Life and Much More – A Review of Anda Damisa’s A Lazy Poet

Timmi Kilgore offers hope through her debut book ‘A Rose through the Crack’

Bio: Timmi Kilgore is a successful entrepreneur born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Her skills, knowledge, and experience personally and professionally qualify her to offer quality support to an organization or individual that will lead to success. Experienced in healthcare, human services, social services, hospice, home-care, mental health, and drug/alcohol abuse. Education: Certified Professional Coach,… Continue reading Timmi Kilgore offers hope through her debut book ‘A Rose through the Crack’

Things That Men Never Talk About – A Review of Tolu’ A Akinyemi’s Inferno of Silence

Title: Inferno of Silence Author: Tolu’ A. Akinyemi       Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Year of Publication: 2020 Number of Pages:  201 Category: Short Stories Poets who write novels have a distinct voice. Tolu’ A. Akinyemi, the author of “Inferno of Silence,” is one of them. Before transitioning to storytelling, he was best known for his intense poetry (and continuing… Continue reading Things That Men Never Talk About – A Review of Tolu’ A Akinyemi’s Inferno of Silence

Book Review: A Constellation of Cravings – A Stellar Debut

An Economic Scholar from the University of East London, Oluwaseun Alele’s debut poetry collection ‘A Constellation of Cravings’ was written with a motive to be a catalyst to propagate many issues the world faces today. To begin, what draws the readers of this poetry collection in is the linguistic prowess exhibited by the author. The… Continue reading Book Review: A Constellation of Cravings – A Stellar Debut

In conversation with Oyedokun Ibukun Stephen, joint second place winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

Bio: Oyedokun Ibukun Stephen, with the pseudonym PENAWD, is a Nigerian ‘vocal-ink’ poet, broadcaster, voice-over artist, content creator, and English Education graduate of the University of Ibadan. His passion for poetry is ineffable, as he travels far and wide–as an artist or audience–to work towards art’s fulfilment in his environs and beyond. His works on… Continue reading In conversation with Oyedokun Ibukun Stephen, joint second place winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

In conversation with Ajani Samuel Victor, winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

Bio:  Ajani Samuel Victor is a black writer and poet. He was the winner of the “prisoner of love poetry contest,” a Semi-finalist at the 2020 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and he was also shortlisted for the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Writing contest. He is one of the contributors to SPRINNG Afro-eros anthology. His recent… Continue reading In conversation with Ajani Samuel Victor, winner of “prisoner of love poetry contest,”

Under the Orange Sky – A candid exploration of the Human Mind

Reviewer: Obizulike Chukwuma The title of this book steers us in the path of a visceral interrogation of what it means to be under the Orange Sky. This collection of poems explores loci of the human mind and how it relates with art through storytelling and riveting renditions of vulnerability suffused in logic. In this… Continue reading Under the Orange Sky – A candid exploration of the Human Mind

Rotimi Osiyoye’s Digital Affection explores the role of communication in society

Reviewer: Deji Akinade Communication has been an essential part of our culture since the beginning of time. It has also been a crucial part of our social life and over time, the means of communication has changed according to the times. Digital Affection takes us on a journey from the past on how communication is… Continue reading Rotimi Osiyoye’s Digital Affection explores the role of communication in society

The Things Father Did Not Teach Us–An appealing collection that speaks volume

Abimbola Alaka is a fine poet and her debut collection bears testament to this. The poet who was a National Winner of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Essay Competition in 2005 wrote this collection of poetry for young people. Taking a more painstaking look, are we not all young at heart? This poetry was written for… Continue reading The Things Father Did Not Teach Us–An appealing collection that speaks volume

Lindsey Davis, Tolu’ A. Akinyemi, others, set to headline the Havering Literary Festival 2021

The Havering Libraries are excited to announce the return of the Havering Literary Festival next month.The festival will be on a slightly smaller scale this year – with a mixture of in person and virtual events and featuring many local authors. Full details can be found at www.havering.gov.uk/haveringliteraryfestival Please book your place for any event by… Continue reading Lindsey Davis, Tolu’ A. Akinyemi, others, set to headline the Havering Literary Festival 2021

Lagos is Killing Me—Enunciates the place of literature in Society

Oloyede’s Lagos is Killing Me is not a cliché, even though Lagos strangles many souls. Even if Oloyede had titled this collection of poems, Nigeria is Killing Me, that will lay bare the current state of affairs in a nation of two contrasting ends, the nouveau rich and the poor who barely survive on less… Continue reading Lagos is Killing Me—Enunciates the place of literature in Society

Ushering in another Black History Month: Journeys into Tolu′ Akinyemi’s Black ≠ Inferior

Title: BLACK ≠ INFERIOR Genre: Poetry (a collection) Author: Tolu′ A. Akinyemi Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle LTD Year of Publication: 2021 Date of Review: 30th of September, 2021 Word Count: 1,490 Reviewer: ENANG, God’swill Effiong ‘From every mountainside, let freedom ring’—Martin Luther King Jr. Black ≠ Inferior was spurned with everything compared to what… Continue reading Ushering in another Black History Month: Journeys into Tolu′ Akinyemi’s Black ≠ Inferior

Northumberland’s Shining Light: Philip Stuckey talks up music, poetry and storytelling…

TNR: Who were your early influences as a singer/songwriter? PS: I love James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg…basically all the songwriters who write poetry in music form. I was a big fan of the Dunfermline rock band, Nazareth as a teenager and loved Dan McCafferty’s voice. I was never a great Beatles fan but recognised… Continue reading Northumberland’s Shining Light: Philip Stuckey talks up music, poetry and storytelling…

Houdini Isn’t Exempted: Love as an Imprisoner in Olawale’s ‘Prisoner of Love’

Title: Prisoner of Love Genre: Poetry (a chapbook) Author: Ibrahim Olawale Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle LTD Date: 13th September, 2021 Reviewer: Afer Ventus Yes! Dante, Spencer, Shakespeare and many more foreign writers have written about unrequited love in some of their works (Inferno, Amoretti and the Shakespearean sonnet respectively). These writers have in their… Continue reading Houdini Isn’t Exempted: Love as an Imprisoner in Olawale’s ‘Prisoner of Love’

Broken things can be beautiful too – A Review of Adeola Juwon Gbalajobi’s Ellipsis

Title: Ellipsis Author: Adeola Juwon Gbalajobi Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Year of Publication: 2021 Number of pages: 52 Category: Poetry “Three” – a magical number! In the history of man, three has always had an extraordinary significance in his formation. These tripartite traits of “three” break like ellipses into different phases and compartments of… Continue reading Broken things can be beautiful too – A Review of Adeola Juwon Gbalajobi’s Ellipsis