During lockdown, the Quay Words programme moved online and we were delighted to recruit Bristol-based Tjawangwa Dema as our digital writer-in-residence for July/August.

During her residency Tjawangwa pursuied her established interest in nature writing. TJ blogged run meet the writer sessions for a number of writers, was put of public reading broadcast online and blogged across her residency.

Tjawangwa Dema has worked as a spoken word poet for fifteen years. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Careless Seamstress, was published in March 2019 and won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry, receiving praise from US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith.

We are pleased to present TJ's Quay Words Commissioned poem 'Complicating Fragments or You Are Here' here and read TJ's residency blog posts, here.

Photo: Petra Rolinec