We interviewed Small Axe writer Courttia Newland about his contribution to The Cuckoo Cage: New Origin Stories.
Assistant Editor Saskia Calliste interviews writer Courttia Newland (Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series), about his contribution to The Cuckoo Cage: a Black British collaboration depicting the reimagining of UK protestors as superheroes.
Courttia's story is about a young woman/superhero who topples statues of slave traders, including Colston, and his character portrays some of the long-term impacts of Britain's racist history on Black communities in the UK today.
Edited by Ra Page, The Cuckoo Cage was listed as one of The Guardian's books to look forward to in 2022.
Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.