JJ Bola

JJ Bola

JJ Bola, born in Kinshasa, Congo, is an author and activist. At the age of six, he escaped with his family thanks to his grandfather’s diplomatic connections. He grew up in a London Council Estate. After earning a master’s degree in creative writing at Birkbeck University, he worked for several years as a social worker with young people with mental health issues. Bola speaks out globally against racism, about the migrant experience, and masculinity. He has published three books of poetry, Mask off, a non-fiction book on redefining masculinity as well as two novels No Place to Call Home (2018) and The Selfless Act of Breathing (2021).

Books:

Refuge. The Complete Poetry of JJ Bola (2018)

No Place to Call Home (2018)

Mask Off. Masculinity Redefined (2019) | Sei kein Mann (2020)

The Selfless Act of Breathing (2021)