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The Rising of the Black Sheep by Livia Kojo Alour

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RISING OF THE BLACK SHEEP is a testament of resilience. As a Queer Black woman speaking on personal loss, queer identity, institutional racism but also hope and joy, achievement, activism and a future that is unapologetically Black.

In her debut poetry collection Livia Kojo Alour touchingly evokes her childhood memories then takes us onto her journey of self-discovery, overcoming stereotypes and finally moving into her power.

Now shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.

This poetry collection is an extension of her solo show Black Sheep.

"I cannot currently think of any artist more powerful and unique than Livia Kojo Alour, nor any current poetry collection more resonant and poignant than Rising of the Black Sheep."
Anne Clark, poet & spoken word artist


"A fierce poetic and deeply honest voice about what it means to be a Black woman living in the diaspora … An activist speaking directly on the modern colonial mindset of the UK … A stunning debut collection."
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Mexican/Chicano artist, writer, activist and educator based in San Francisco


"A heartfelt and visceral collection of self discovery and the power that comes from within."
Amy Ridler, writer & educator


"Amid anger and pain, there is always hope, which is needed to keep going. Beyond hope, there is love. Love is something Alour gives to the reader in abundance."
Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, Mechanics’ Institute Review

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