The Dictator and the Heretic – Book launch

Building on the author’s first poetry book, Innocent Questions, this collection of poems as implied in the title The Dictator and the Heretic, muses and ruminates on the way things are and the need to question the logic of convention. In a poignant, palpable and provocative way, the author pierces the sacred “logic of the system” and with his rhyme and lyrics, lays bare a range of themes: corruption, exploitation and dependency in Africa; surviving under dictatorship and oppression; post-colonialism and decolonisation; the beauty of Africa; love, heartbreak and hopelessness; and struggle, both internal and external. Using a range of powerful poetry techniques, the author refuses to surrender and instead promotes heresy against a heartless, soulless system of exploitation, unashamedly.

The Dictator and the Heretic published by Global Hands Publishing, is a collection of poems that not only questions the logic of convention but evinces the exertion of power by those at the echelon of society on the helpless, the hopeless and the marginalised. Described ‘as a merciless poetic mind that is full of venom’, Dr Sallah introduces his readers to an unconventional way of perceiving, deconstructing and understanding their realities especially the utilisation of power is employed in dividing and conquering game of politics.

Readers will be introduced to critical counter orthodoxy ways of knowing and being; and new ways of perceiving and understanding their constructions of reality if they are able to find the treasures buried in this collection of poems.


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About the Author

Momodou Sallah (PhD) teaches at the Social Work, Youth and Community Division, De Montfort University, UK.  He is a founding director of Global Hands, a Social Enterprise/Charity operating in The Gambia and UK, with a focus on capacity building and social good. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with young people at local, national and international levels; from being the Youth Director of Gambia Red Cross Society to a Senior Youth Worker at the Leicester City Council, UK. In November 2015, he was named the “Most Innovative Teacher” in the UK by Times Higher. Momodou has also written or edited four other academic books. His passion is poetry and has developed an avid interest in farming and now considers himself a farmer.



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Date & Time

October 15, 2018 | 19:00 to 20:30


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: Free

Updated on 28 September 2018