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Ambrose Musiyiwa is North West Consortium Doctoral Training Programme (NWCDTP) PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester in the Department of Drama in collaboration with Community Arts North West (CAN). 

His research project, ‘Listening to The Voice of Refugee Artists’, examines the performance practices of artists from refugee backgrounds who are living and working in the UK. . 

He is also an Arts and Culture columnist at Peace News.

In addition to this, Ambrose facilitates Conversations with Writers, a blog that presents interviews with writers, publishers and literary activists, and CivicLeicester, a community media channel that uses the arts to highlight conversations. 

Musiyiwa also organises the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, an annual festival that encourages people to engage with human rights issues at home and abroad, and he coordinates Journeys in Translation, an international, volunteer-driven project translating Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves Publications, 2015) into other languages.

Publications 

Poetry

Poetry and Settled Status for All: An Anthology (CivicLeicester, 2022). Editor
Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World (CivicLeicester, 2020). Editor
Bollocks to Brexit: an Anthology of Poems and Short Fiction (CivicLeicester, 2019). Editor
Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City (CivicLeicester, 2018). Editor
Welcome to Leicester: Poems about the City (Dahlia Publishing, 2016). Co-editor with Emma Lee

Poetry [Pamphlets]

The Gospel According to Bobba
The Gospel According to Sheila
The Gospel According to Carol

Poems in Anthologies, Journals and Magazines

● "The Man Who Ran Through the Tunnel", in Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves Publications, 2015), Do Something (Factor Fiction, 2016), and Write To Be Counted: an Anthology of Poetry to Uphold Human Rights (The Book Mill, 2017)
● "journeying", in Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves Publications, 2015)
● "Martians, Effing Martians", in Sam Smith's The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry') #49, Write To Be Counted: an Anthology of Poetry to Uphold Human Rights (The Book Mill, 2017), Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City (CivicLeicester, 2018), ekó magazine, May 2021, and Poetry and Settled Status for All: An Anthology (CivicLeicester, 2022)
● "The Gospel on How to Build a Tolerant Society", in Do Something (Factor Fiction, 2016)
● "this city", in the Leicester Mercury, Letters' page (27 February 2016), and Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016)
● "Welcome to Leicester", in Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016)
● "The Tree of Memories", in Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016)
● "When Leicester Becomes a Republic", in Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016)
● "How Leicester Square became part of the Independent Socialist Republic of Leicester", in Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City (CivicLeicester, 2018)
● "Welcome to Leicester", in Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City (CivicLeicester, 2018) [different from "Welcome to Leicester", in Welcome to Leicester (Dahlia Publishing, 2016)]
● "The Remainer's Prayer", in Bollocks to Brexit: an Anthology of Poems and Short Fiction (CivicLeicester, 2019)
● "Shoes at the gate", in Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World (CivicLeicester, 2020)
● "a few guavas at a time", in Change the Word: Poems from Barnsley and Beyond (Good Chance, 2021)
● "the smell of coming rain", in Change the Word: Poems from Barnsley and Beyond (Good Chance, 2021)
● "some days", in Change the Word: Poems from Barnsley and Beyond (Good Chance, 2021)
● "Rollercoasters", in Where We Find Ourselves: Poems and Stories of Maps and Mapping from UK Writers of the Global Majority (Arachne, 2021)
● "We Painted the Sky", in Where We Find Ourselves: Poems and Stories of Maps and Mapping from UK Writers of the Global Majority (Arachne, 2021)

Short Stories 

● "Danfo Driver", Writing Free, Weaver Press, Harare, 2011
● "The Bracelet", Conversations with Writers, 17 February 2010
● "Two Dreams", Tripod: The magazine for new writing from the Literature Network, Issue 2, Summer 2007
● "Living on Promises and Credit", Writing Now, Weaver Press, Harare, 2005
● "Diary of an Asylum Seeker" [A work in progress]

Articles (Samples)

● Dr Maria Rovisco and Ambrose Musiyiwa, "The role of the arts in promoting a culture of human rights", RSA blog, 7 March 2019
● Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa, "Journeys in Translation", British Council blog, 19 July 2017
● Maddalena Tacchetti, Mirjam A. Twigt, Ambrose Musiyiwa and Sandra Kaulfuss, "Für gemeinsame öffentliche Räume", izw3, Jan/Feb 2016

Beyond the Barricades, Peace News Column 

● Oral History, Deindustrialisation and Why It's Important for Writers to Engage with Contemporary Issues, Beyond the Barricades. Peace News, December 2021 - January 2022
The Poetics of Bearing Witness, Beyond the Barricades. Peace News, October - November 2021
Festivals and the arts, what are they good for? Beyond the Barricades. Peace News, August - September 2021
● Journeys in Translation, Beyond the Barricades. Peace News, June - July 2021

Journalism (Samples)

● "An Abhorrent Form of Censorship", World Press Review, 29 July 2008
● "Saddam Hussein's Execution is a War Crime", World Press Review, 31 December 2006
● "Refugees, Uncertainty and the Absence of Control", World Press Review, 3 November 2006
● "Child Trafficking in the UK", OhmyNews International, 25 July 2006
● "Britain Undermining Rights of Foreign Prisoners", World Press Review, 6 May 2006

Interviews

A bevándorlók versei leleplezik a politikusok hazugságait (Interviewed by Zsófia Hacsek). Librarius körtárs kult magazin, 1 January 2022 (Hungarian)
On poetry by migrants and the obligations of governments (Interviewed by Sophie Hacsek). Art Here, Art Now, 1 January 2022
Spotlight on: Ambrose Musiyiwa. Creative Manchester, 9 December 2020
Resisting Militarisation in Leicester (Interviewed by ForcesWatch). Peace News, June - July 2018

Other Activities

23/09/2021. Chaired the Faith and Racial Justice panel discussion and Q&A featuring Rev Dr Catherine Okoronkwo, Shiv Sama, Zainab Mai-Bornu and Clive Lawton OBE. Panel organised and hosted by Voice and Influence Partnership (Bristol) and the Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre.

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