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Moses McKenzie

Moses McKenzie is 22 and lives in Bristol. His debut literary novel, An Olive Grove in Ends, is a resonant coming of age story, which also offers an intimate portrait - at times tender and lyrical, at others bleak and despairing - of a black-British community in Bristol. The novel’s narrator is Sayon, a young man of Jamaican heritage who struggles to escape the world in which he was raised. He is caught between the opposing claims of his lawless but warmly affectionate extended family and a self-righteous Christianity peddled by Pastor Lyle, father of the girl Sayon has always loved.

After graduating with an English degree in 2019, Moses has been working as a tutor to secondary-school pupils, and has recently started his next novel. His writing is strongly influenced by his literary heroes who include James Baldwin and Maya Angelou.