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SANKOFA by Lexia Tomlinson

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Sankofa is a crucial coming-of-age poetry collection by esteemed Actor and Poet Lexia Tomlinson. When you are lost, sometimes the only option is to go back to the beginning to retrieve what is missing.

This collection is divided into three daring chapters, Past, Present, and Future. Spanning over a decade and peering into the future, Sankofa takes readers through an interdimensional-intersection.

There is something for everyone here: from punchy rhyming poetry that nods to why Lexia is a Slam Champion who’s booked and busy. To playful page poems that experiment with blank space. The poems’ topics are just as diverse, including the old poetic favourites of romance and heartbreak. There is also the factor of faith or lack of. The battle of the body and protecting the planet.

You will cry, you will laugh, but most importantly, you will retrieve a spark of personal power in your belly!


Lexia Tomlinson is a poet, actress and spoken word artist who delivers captivating performances. Her work engages audiences with its unabashed honesty wrapped-up in metaphors; she loves writing about the personal and socio-political issues in life, her main ethos is “the social is political and the political is social but everything is personal”.

She has opened for the likes of Buddy Wakefield (A Choir of Honest Killers tour) and curtain raised for a Kae Tempest play (Hopelessly Devoted), a 2017 Roundhouse Slam Semi-Finalist she is now concentrating on delivering excellent headliners, like she has done, at events and festivals such as Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Wychwood, Verve,  and Wilderness

Her work has been commissioned by organisations such as MAC (Midland’s Art Centre), WEP (Women’s Equality Party), Beatfreeks and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Her work has been published in multi-media digital formats such as Round House’s ‘Homing Pigeon’, multiple zines and multiple anthologies.

At the heart of it, Lexia cares about stories and people, anything that explores the human condition in an imaginative way; music, poetry, film and activism are her main personal interests.

Social Media Handles: @Lexialegend On Twitter and Instagram

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