Love touches us all at some point — from dependable familial bonds to the warm comfort of childhood pets, from the heady perfume of romance to the cherished appreciation of community, culture, country. The physical and emotional connections transcend barriers, cross generations and borders. And yet, love can sometimes be ‘not quite right’, taking where it should be giving, causing destruction — even as we still love.

Watch this film featuring authors from the Not Quite Right for Us anthology, where Amina Atiq, Richard Georges, Leone Ross, Gaele Sobott and Selina Tusitala Marsh tell some of the myriad love stories that make up our lives.

This is a Speaking Volumes production funded by Arts Council England.

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About The Authors

Amina Atiq

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni- Scouse writer, performance artist, facilitator and activist, awarded the Liverpool John Moore’s University Citizenship for her community engagement work. A Young Associate for Curious Minds and BBC Words First Finalist 2019, she has been featured on various artistic platforms including BBC 4 Radio, Arab News, The Independent, British Muslim TV @thewarehouse, Writing on the Wall. Since the war in Yemen began, Amina has been campaigning with Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Oxfam.

Richard Georges

Richard Georges is a writer of essays, fiction, and three collections of poetry. His most recent book, Epiphaneia (2019), won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and his first book, Make Us All Islands (2017), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and has been listed or nominated for several other prizes, including the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Richard works in higher education and lives in the British Virgin Islands, where he has just become that nation’s first Poet Laureate.

Leone Ross

Leone Ross was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and her second, Orange Laughter, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised and her 2017 short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her third novel, This One Sky Day, was published in the UK in May 2021 with Faber & Faber and under the title Popisho in the US.

Gaele Sobott

Gaele Sobott is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her published works include Colour Me Blue, a collection of short stories, and My Longest Round, a creative biography of boxer Wally Carr. Her most recent short stories appear in literary magazines such as New ContrastMeanjin, Prometheus DreamingHecate, Verity La and the anthology, Botswana Women Write. She is founder of Outlandish Arts, a disabled-led arts company.

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Selina Tusitala Marsh is the former Commonwealth Poet, New Zealand Poet Laureate and acclaimed performer and author. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community. An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches Maori and Pacific Literature and Creative Writing. She has published three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), Dark Sparring (2013) and Tightrope (2017). Her graphic memoir, Mophead (2019), won the Margaret Mahy Supreme Book in the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the PANZ Best Book Design for 2020.