Malaika Kegode

Writer, Performer, Poet, Producer

Represented by

Louisa Minghella

uplifting and celebrating the voiceless, overlooked and misunderstood. She is especially passionate about highlighting queer, working class and rural stories. Beginning her creative career as a performance poet in 2014, Malaika has since developed her practice to encompass theatre and radio writing, as well as teaching, producing and film curation. In 2021, she wrote and performed in her debut theatre show Outlier at Bristol Old Vic. It was the first piece of new writing on their main stage post-lockdown. The show, directed by Jenny Davies, fuses spoken word, original music from folk-rock band Jakabol, and animation projection by Christopher Harrisson to tell Malaika's autobiographical story. The show won acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Malaika also works as a mentor and editor. She is passionate about helping people to realise the value of their own stories, and is the founder and lead producer of Milk Poetry, an organisation that produces innovative spoken word events in a supportive environment.



Spring Stories - BBC Radio 4
One to One: Re-Inventing Yourself - BBC Radio 4


Outlier - Bristol Old Vic, dir. Jenny Davies Rot. - dir. Tiata Fahodzi

Short Film:

Wide as the Sea - dir. Malaika Kegode, 2021
Own Skin - dir. Saskia Tomlinson and Geena Gasser, 2018

Poetry, Prose and Non-Fiction:

Requite - Burning Eye Books
Thalassic - Bx3
The Dizziness of Freedom - Bad Betty Press Bristol: A Poetic City - Bristol Ideas Everything is Going to be All Right - Trapeze
We are Not All Each Other: The Effects of Being Mistaken for Every Other Black Person in my Small South West Town - Black Ballad
This Must Be The Place - Bristol Ideas
Finding Queerness in Kenya - Modern Queers


The Kevin Elyot Award - 2022
Apples & Snakes: Jerwood Arts Poetry in Performance Award - 2021 Elspeth Kydd Memorial Prize for Film Studies - 2021
Out-Spoken Poetry Award - shortlist 2019

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