Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur


Publication Date: 03 October 2019
Price: £7.99
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406388534
Age: 14 years +
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Extent: 112 pages



A compelling collection of poems that explores the emotions and experiences of growing up as a mixed-race woman.

From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful new collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss and joy. The collection is arranged as life is: from youth to school, to home life, falling in love and falling straight back out again. The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. With a strong narrative voice and emotional empathy, this is poetry that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background, and whatever their dreams. As she says, she hopes the poems will help readers “grow through what they go through”.

  • “One of the most distinct and powerful performers of her generation” – Rocking Ur Teens
  • Author is an award-winning performance poet and has performed at Glastonbury,
    international conferences, and given multiple TED talks.
  • Author has worked with charities including Cancer Research UK, and with brands
    such as MTV, Samsung and Nike.
  • “One of the most brilliant and necessary voices… The power of her words will
    affect generations.” Angie Thomas

Sophia Thakur has been performing since the age of 16 and has a wide reach across social media. She has worked closely with young people, sharing her poems and the creative process. This is her first published collection. Sophia lives in Middlesex.


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