Malaika Kegode is a poet and performer based in Bristol, who has worked with organisations including Roundhouse, Historic England and the BBC. As the founder of spoken word night Milk Poetry, Malaika Kegode has had a significant impact on Bristol’s literature scene. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize. She was also included in the 2019 BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential Black and Minority Ethnic people. Malaika’s work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. She has written two poetry collections Requite (2017) and Thalassic (2020), published by Burning Eye Books.