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Bad Friday - A Novel by Norman Samuda Smith
"...when I was starting to write my first novel, I was eager to find past examples, or ‘blueprints’, which would provide inspiration for what I was about to do...then I was gifted Bad Friday. It was instrumental in letting me know that what I envisioned was achievable, and that a rich Black British AND working class literary culture..." (Courttia Newland).
Delroy Bell is about to leave school, his prospects are grim. Will he be able to make it or end up hustling on the streets. Set in 1970s recession hit Small Heath, Birmingham, Bad Friday follows Delroy's fortunes...see the trailer or visit or buy from
Editorial - October 2013
It’s the drop of the beat and off-mic hails and cheers from the audience that keep you engaged.
Welcome to "Carnival" -
Rachel De-lahay’s (award winning playwright) first radio drama, but this isn’t a review – no – this is much more than a review; this crossed over for me and spoke about what’s contemporary.
Michael – is an 18 year old MC with some local following.
As he entertains the crowds in the run up to the competition, between bouts of rapping, we discover there’s more to his amplified confident, womanising, braggadocio persona than meets the ear.
Michael is torn between obeying rules of authority funding the event, or playing to the anti-establishment peers...more