Malika’s Poetry Kitchen (MPK) is a writers’ collective based in London. It was founded in 2001 by Malika Booker, Roger Robinson and Jacob Sam La Rose, and is currently directed by Jill Abram. It offers bi-weekly writers surgeries and has supported writers including Inua Ellams, Warsan Shire and Aoife Mannix with guest tutors including Kei Miller, Jo Bell and Mona Arshi.
The emphasis of the group has always been on craft, community and development. Writing can be a lonely activity but members of our group benefit from, as well as contribute to, the support of fellow poets. We normally meet 6 times a term (3 terms a year) on Friday evenings for 2 hours at the Poetry School. At least four of the sessions per term generate new writing and we usually end with feedback on work in progress.
The organisation has inspired Malika’s Poetry Kitchen models worldwide from Chicago to Delhi.