With great characters and seamless prose, set between London and the Congo, No Place to Call Home is a tale of belonging, identity and immigration, of hope and hopelessness, of loss –not by death, but by distance – and, by no means the least, of love.JJ Bola is a well-respected London poet who has built a strong reputation on an international stage (he currently holds the Oakland Poetry Slam title). He is also an educator as well as the creator of the increasingly popular adage ‘Hype your writers like you do your rappers’.
“Elevate is a cleaner, sweeping star dust from the floor of the universe, the rust shaken off when you rehearse, a verse from the very first oral scripture. A picture, taken by blind men with no hands, sand dunes, oceans and desert bloom. It is you, dues paid, blues, bended guitar strings, new days, rings around Saturn, vinyl on replay, spinning records Dj, and breaking them. Closed fists bump, two boys, hoods up, goes to the library. A baby sleeping, humanity dreaming. This is poetry. Whatever you want it to be”.