South London Poet Josette Joseph pens moving piece exploring racial issues

“The people behind this skin are not animals for hunting”

Spoken word artist Josette Joseph’s débuts Bricks and Bullets, a timely powerful and moving piece that explores racial identity and equality in society. It’s message is simple while at the same time poignant with phrases echoing some of the struggles endured by people of colour, not least of which is the death of unarmed young black men at the hands of police. Bricks and Bullets combines music and metaphor to explore intricate racial issues, making references to structural racism.

Filmed in an unoccupied Farmhouse, it makes the connection between racial identity and belonging, referring to the human body as a home to be respected – not destroyed, in order to emphasise the necessity for a reform in how we think about race and identity in today’s society.


Josette Joseph is a spoken word poet and writer of Caribbean heritage, from South London. She is currently developing her creative writing projects, alongside developing a social enterprise based in Kenya. Her work challenges social attitudes, exploring identity and inequality and she features at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.

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