“The poems in this brilliant, playful debut are multifarious though gratifyingly interlinked, addressing the subjects of Sri-Lankan British identity, masculinity, friendship, grief and love. The tone is sometimes satirical, but there is no hiding behind satire in Arji Manuelpillai’s work – great tenderness and beauty characterise these poems, and the poet’s voice is completely original, entirely his own.” — Hannah Lowe
Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, rapper, performer and education artist based in London. Over the last 15 years he has performed and taught both nationally and internationally with audiences and students from all cultures and walks of life. He is passionate about community arts and connecting people through art, he believes that self-expression can help nurture relationships, improve mental health and increase self-esteem and confidence.