Poetry is not just for the big moments and changes in our lives, it is for the everyday and the ordinary too. It can help us understand ourselves, the world and our place within it, touch chords and allow us to recognise what connects us all.
I came to poetry later in life and it has changed me completely. In three years it has taken me to festivals in San Diego and Illinois and all over the UK, seen me change from being a shy person terrified of public speaking to someone who now loves the performance and power of sharing poetry with different audiences.
After winning a scholarship to study poetry at the University of East Anglia and earning a distinction, I now want to build on this poetry momentum and achieve a dream of setting up a poetry publishing business.
Initially Black Sunflowers will publish high-quality, beautifully produced, poetry chapbooks and poetry anthologies. Popular gift items including an annual Poets Calendar and Poets Diary will be launched when Black Sunflwers is more established. Our stable of authors will be art oriented with a clear focus on poetry from women, especially older women and black poets.
Starting small, Black Sunflowers will initially be a sole endeavour with fellow University of East Anglia alumna Geffen Bankir joining as associate.