I’m a short story writer with a novel in my margins. An archivist and former rollergirl I’m writing about families, loss, mixed-race identity, folklore and the durability of love.
My fiction’s been exhibited, performed, anthologised and published in magazines. I’m writing my first novel, ‘Outrigger’, a literary drama about what ties a superstitious 1940s fishwife with a young present-day mixed race Londoner, plagued by nightmares after the death of her father.
In 2014 I was awarded a Masters Degree with Merit in Prose Fiction from the University of Royal Holloway (ooh, fancy!).
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Arike Oke, August 2017