CLEMENTINE EWOKOLO BURNLEY is a mother, writer and community worker. She writes about loss, survival and cultural hybrids. Her work has appeared in the short story and essay collections by the small press edition assemblage, Teamangelica Press, in Versal Journal, The Feminist Wire, and Parabola Magazine. In 2017 Clementine was a finalist in the Miles Morland Scholarship Competition, her short story “A Place called Out” was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize and she received an Honorable Mention in the Berlin Writing Prize 2017. She makes jam and isn’t the most fun person at dinner parties, especially when she talks about how power dynamics influence social change strategies. Clementine now lives and writes between lots of different places. 



Scatterchild, an accessible historical novel, tells the story of Nasomi, a young woman whose mother disappears. She then leaves Cameroon for the German Democratic Republic, where the Berlin Wall is about to fall. In the ensuing turmoil Nasomi finds answers to her family tragedy, and discovers a little known but bloody chapter of her country’s colonial history.

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“Literature is the only way to reach the psyche of another human being – playfully, with empathy, with a confidence in the power of art.” Clementine Ekwolo Burnley

“I write about complex characters, women, two-spirit and many-spirit people, black and brown, working class, migrants, living in Africa and outside, undocumented, illegalized.” Clementine Ekwolo Burnley

“I declare my humanity and I speak to those who recognize it. For the rest, there isn’t anything you can say to each other.” Clementine Ekwolo Burnley