“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 booktoo, which is exciting. Downloads are cool but Ibelieve 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.
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.
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?
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: