Letters to Gil
Malik Al Nasir is an author, performance poet and filmmaker from Liverpool. He has produced and appeared in several documentaries with Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Benjamin Zephaniah, Public Enemy, and many other luminaries.
Having been taken into care at the age of 9, Malik suffered racism and brutality at the hands of care staff until he was released at age 18, destitute and semi-literate. In 1984 a chance meeting with activist and poet Gil Scott-Heron changed his life, and Malik went on to obtain Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Malik started tracing his roots back through slavery over a 15 year period and his pioneering research has been recognised by Sir Hilary Beckles (Chair CARICOM Commission for slavery reparations), historian David Olusoga, and The University of Cambridge, where Malik started a PhD in history in 2020 with a full scholarship.
Malik’s first book was a collection of poems published in 2004 entitled Ordinary Guy under his former name Mark T. Watson.
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