Poet Suzy Rowland, returns to her ‘Brum’ roots [PRESS RELEASE]

Songs of my Soul is the debut poetry collection by British writer and poet Suzy Rowland Rigg. She will be sharing gems from her debut collection at Khembe’s Return to your Roots Festival on 5th & 6th May, in Birmingham.


“It means such a lot to be sharing my poetry at Return to your Roots, I was born in Handsworth and grew up in Birmingham, leaving at 18 to go to Reading University before settling in London.  I am literally returning to my roots. My links with the city are still strong, so its fitting to share my poetry at such an empowering event. People will be able to purchase signed copies of the book too, which is exciting. Downloads are cool but I believe books, especially poetry, are more personal!”

Songs of my Soul was published in 2017, since then Suzy has built a following in SW London, as a member of Poetry Performance and Arts Richmond’s Poetry Hub. In April, copies of Songs of My Soul went on sale at London’s  Black Cultural Archives. Suzy describes her work as ‘the poetry of everything’ as she closely observes elements of the human condition with devastating wit, passion and humour. It’s an intoxicating mix, that breathtakingly showcases Suzy’s ancestral Jamaican and classical British heritage.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Listen to Suzy read: Maya from Songs of My Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmj8YM3-BYg
  2. Listen to Suzy read ‘Zong’, written for Black History Month 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ2JPCxfnVkIf you would like to interview Suzy or feature any of her poems in your publication or blog please get in touch via the contact form, or the following social platforms.
  3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suzysongsofmysoul/?hl=en
  4. Twitter: https://twitter.com/radiantlady

Melanin Mind & Soul Reviews


Poetry Performance
Songs of My Soul author reads her new poem: It’s dark outside

It’s always lovely to be featured on another platform. I will be treading a different stage next month, performing at Khembe’s Return to Your Roots event in Birmingham. Khembe is a hardworking, inspirational and hugely talented lady. The tenacity and passion with which she’s built the Return to Your Roots brand is a masterclass in entrepreneurship.

Blogger Melanin Mind & Soul has penned this piece about my poetry book and my forthcoming performance at Khembe’s Return to Your Roots Festival in Birmingham. http://www.melaninmindsoul.com/songs-of-my-soul-suzy-rigg/

My usual ‘stage’ is upstairs once a month in a pub in SW London. Every week is different – the performers, the energy levels, the audience. Some weeks are emotional, such as last week, when one of the poets read a piece dedicated to the brother he’d lost four years ago to a brain tumour. We got lost in his words, until he began to laugh. A nervous giggle, accompanied by vigorous face-scratching. He was overcome with emotion and unable to carry on reading. Collectively we all wanted to rush up and carry on reading for him, but were rooted to our seats as strong feelings of grief seemed to take over all of us. That’s the power of poetry.

It would be great to meet some poetry fans in Birmingham, do try and get to Return to Your Roots, not just ‘cos I’m gonna be there but because you will leave feeling nourished, inspired, connected and at peace with yourself and who you are – whoever you are!

Looking for poetic and spiritual calm and guidance?

Find your song…


May poem: It’s dark outside

Bass music burns a fire in his soul

drives darkness from salvation’s burning hole

pulsing blood in reckless veins

lonely beast escapes concrete cage.

Music louder senses turned to low

directionless wheels nowhere safe to go.

Target slowly coming into view

knife concealed that no-one but he knew.

Life extinguished without word or fight

mother’s scream wakes neighbours in the night

sirens blaring blue bright angel wings

no uniform or soldiers in this bloodless war:

just children with so much life to live for.

Written in despair at the lives violently lost in London so far in 2018. Feel free to share, ensuring you quote the following:

© Suzy Rowland Rigg


Return to your Roots 2018

Return to your Roots? If you haven’t experienced it, you better look sharp and get your tickets as it’s only four weeks away! Return to your Roots is delicious mix of natural hair workshops, with the fan-tab-u-lous Mz. Lady Lox from Atlanta, featured in the video, well-being workshops, including a sessions on vegan food, healthy eating for a healthy prostate, and a glittering array of stalls selling African-inspired jewellery, accessories, cloth, educational books and much more.

Return to your Roots Festival was established by hair queen Khembe Clarke, a natural hair artist with decades of braids, locs and protective styles know-how to her credit. She saw black women turning away from chemicalized hair in droves and decided to share her wealth of knowledge of how to manage natural hair successfully, without the need for harsh chemicals: Return to your Roots was born!  Since then, Khembe has expanded the theme of the festival to include culture and well-being.

I’m thrilled to let you know that I will be sharing my poetry at this year’s Return to Your Roots Festival and have a stall with copies of Songs of My Soul for sale. Come and say ‘hi’.

Return to your Roots –  embracing natural hair, beauty & wellness 

5th & 6th May – Location:

The H Suite, 100 Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 0AA

For an inspirational couple of days, get your tickets now: