Series 2 Episode 6


Episode 6

Our final episode of the current series looks at power and control. Joining Eleanor Penny this week are poets Jack Underwood, Amina Jama and Oliver Fox. They share reimaginings of the Jörmungandr or Norse World Snake; King Cnut; and the Somali Queen Arawelo.

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Jack Underwood’s collection Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and was winner of the 2016 Somerset Maugham prize. A recipient of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, his debut pamphlet was published in 2009 as part of the Faber New Poets series. Two pamphlets, Solo for Mascha Voice and Tenuous Rooms were published by Test Centre in 2018. He is senior lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College.

Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer currently studying for my BA English with Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University. She is an alumna of Barbican Young Poetry, member of Octavia Poetry Collective and co-host of BoxedIN poetry night. She has completed residencies and performed internationally with Speaking Volumes and been commissioned by the BBC, The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Mayor of London’s Office. Her poems for both adults and children have been anthologised, including in Saqi Books’ The Things I Would Tell You, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz.

Oliver Fox is a writer and arts producer based in London. He was 3rd Prize winner in the Verve Poetry Competition 2018. As a journalist he and has been a staff writer at and contributing editor at