Photo Poetry for James Barnor: Amina Jama & Samatar Elmi

Photo Poetry was part of James Barnor’s belated 92nd birthday party at Serpentine in September 2021. British-Somali authors Amina Jama and Samatar Elmi recited poetic responses to historic images taken by James Barnor, in a commission that was presented in collaboration with flipped eye publishing.

Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer. She is an alumni of Barbican Young Poets, co-host of BoxedIN and member of Octavia WOC Collective. Her work explores displacement, dual cultural identity and family.

Samatar Elmi is a poet, PhD candidate, education consultant and activist. His writing plays in the liminal spaces between racial, socio-cultural and political identity claims.

flipped eye is a not-for-profit independent publisher founded by Ghanaian British editor and author, Nii Ayikwei Parkes. It has won global critical acclaim, playing a pivotal role in developing poets such as Inua Ellams, Malika Booker, Miriam Nash, Nick Makoha and Warsan Shire.



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