Episode 10: Dark Neighbourhood with Vanessa Onwuemezi

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BLB Podcast: Vanessa Onwuemezi, Peter J. Coles & Kate Ellis

In this tenth podcast episode, recorded in-person at Brick Lane Bookshop, Kate and Peter talk to Vanessa Onwuemezi about her debut short story collection, Dark Neighbourhood.

Listen in for Vanessa’s fantastic reading from her story Bright Spaces. We also talk about learning to trust yourself, cultivating good writing, and transcendental moments.


Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London. Her work has appeared in GrantaProtoypefrieze and Five Dials. Her story, ‘At the Heart of Things’ won the White Review Short Story Prize in 2019. Her collection Dark Neighbourhood is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions and has been longlisted for the 2022 Edge Hill Prize. Her story Green Afternoon was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2022.

Podcast music by Andrew Everitt


Show Notes: Doris LessingJulio CortázarFranz KafkaJayne Anne Philips


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The BLB Podcast is produced and hosted by Kate Ellis and Peter J. Coles

Kate Ellis is a writer, an ex Brick Lane bookseller. She created and runs the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. Her fiction has been published in the Open Pen AnthologyThe Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the London Short Story Prize Anthology. She’s working on her debut short story collection.

Peter J Coles is a writer, father and trainee coder. His fiction has been shortlisted in the Wasafiri Prize, he’s had several stories published, and was a London Writers Awards Awardee. He studied Creative Writing at Birkbeck. 


The BLB Podcast music is written and performed by Andrew Everitt (who’s also a Brick Lane Bookseller). You can find more of Andrew’s music on his bandcamp page.


Books featured on the BLB Podcast:

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Browse Short Stories:

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