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Two Fingas and James. T. Kirk

Morley Prize Podcast

Series 2 Episode 5: Two Fingas and James. T. Kirk


This month marks the launch of the Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour 2022. In our debut year last year, we received just over 70 submissions of manuscripts of fiction. This year, we’ve expanded the Prize to include non-fiction.


Florence interviews Andrew Green and Eddie Otchere, aka Two Fingas and James. T. Kirk, co-authors of Junglist. They discuss Junglist, with its fictionalised portrayal of rave culture as experienced by a group of young black men, and the impact of rave in their lives. First published in the 1990s, Junglist has a cult-like following and was once described as the most stolen book in the London prison system.


Our series of podcasts accompanying the Prize this year showcases a wide range of writers, not only in terms of the content and form of their work (from memoir to novel) but also their writing journey (from self-taught to professionally trained). It’s heartening to know that people from a myriad of backgrounds can become published writers and appeal to an increasingly wide readership with an increasingly diverse appetite for literature.


The Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour is a new annual prize jointly presented by Morley College London and the Rachel Mills Literary Agency, awarded to a previously unpublished aspiring author of colour.


The prize is intended to nurture and provide opportunities for aspiring novelists of colour, promote diverse fiction across the broader literary landscape of Britain and continue Morley College’s long history of educational excellence, community engagement, and support for social justice.