ILX10: Tice Cin

Meet Tice Cin, a rising star of UK writing.

Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from North London. She has been commissioned by organisations like Cartier and Montblanc. She was named one of Complex Magazine’s best music journalists of 2021 and 2022, and has written for places such as DJ Mag and Mixmag. Keeping the House has been named one of Guardian’s Best Books of 2021, awarded a Society of Authors Somerset Maugham Prize, and has been featured in The Scotsman, The New York Times and the Washington Post. A filmmaker, through her company Neoprene Genie, she has just produced and directed her first music video. A DJ and music producer, she has recently completed writing her sophomore novel about clubbing and holding space.

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ILX 10: Rising Stars of UK Writing

The ILX10 is NCW’s selection of ten exciting, dynamic, and thought-provoking early-career writers based in the UK whose work has the powerful potential to speak to and engage with global literary audiences. It forms part of a three-year programme called the International Literature Exchange.

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Reviews

Keeping The House drew me in from the first few lines. A glorious novel which thrums with feeling, illustrating the London community with a sharp and confident eye. Her characters are full and sure, and traverse their world with humour, boldness and love. Hope fills these pages.’ — Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Small Worlds and Open Water

Keeping the House is such a bold and yet poignant read: musical, nimble, affectionate and (thank GOD) rule-breaking.’ . . . ‘This is a novel unapologetically specific to its depicted community, and, well, if you’re not going to let the author lead you, why do you read at all?’ — Lisa McInerney, Stinging Fly

‘It’s an immersive, transportive listen. If you’re not from North London, it will take you there. If you are, it will feel like home.’ — Robert Kazandjian, HUCK Magazine

‘Crackling with energy . . . An exhilaratingly idiosyncratic first novel, Keeping the House has “cult classic” written all over it.’  — Michael Donkor, Guardian

 ‘A beautifully stunning book revealing a realm of London most wouldn’t know. Through my read I wavered between palpable nostalgia and questions about the future of the community that conceived this story. Beyond its fresh approach to craftsmanship, it’s the enormous heart of the story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I’ll be rereading this book for years to come. There is no other way to put it; Cin is an important writer of our generation.’ — Caleb Femi, director, and author of Poor and The Wickedest

Writers I admire

Gboyega Odubanjo, Lola Olufemi, Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Is there a relationship between the cultural experience you write from, and your embracing of varied artforms?

I told my friend I feel like a kraken, I’m trying to reach as much as I can with what I can. The different stretches of me run from me being the type of person who watches her mum read Turkish coffee granules, to finding glimmers of freedom in a block party. Then I want to know if I can capture a fortune told in a song, or work closely with a digital artist on the softness of dance. Where can we spread out? I write novels so a genie can slouch outside a shop, I dance to our poetry so that my body can feel connected to space. I film cousins in ends who shiver in drained park pools. How do we arch around concrete? I want to pass the mic between my neighbour’s doors, and watch a woman float in silver on a carpet I lifted out for her. If I grew up around a culture of ‘suskunluk’, of inward silence as a protective method, then how can I talk so that the rhythms of the people I love be louder and louder? There are places around me so beautiful that I just want to invite us in, I knew that those girls loved each other before you did, so now we will show you.  

The International Literature Exchange is a programme from National Centre for Writing, supported by the British Council and Arts Council England.

 

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