Hay Festival November Book of the Month
Join us online at 7pm BST on Tuesday 10 November 2020 for our Book of the Month Live Q&A event: Caleb Femi talks about Poor alongside Max Porter.
We have signed, bookplated copies available for you.
"Caleb is a mighty and positive force in UK culture and this is a vital book" - Max Porter, author of
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and
In his debut collection, Caleb Femi combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham.
Poor contemplates the ways in which the South London youth are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage. Caleb writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his childhood community, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.
What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special stops and searches you at 13 because 'you fit the description of a man' - and where it is possible to walk two and a half miles through an estate of 1,444 homes without ever touching the ground?