Novelist: Stabbed at 13, then mum told me ‘pick your lane’

10 years later he’s a Mercury Prize-nominated MC with a residency on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

But the Lewisham artist says his life could have been very different “if I decided to act on how I felt at the time”.

“Me and my brother on my birthday were just sitting here saying, ‘Rah fam – you could have been a memorial today’.”

The 23-year-old was reflecting on how the choices we make – or

“The thing is, just off of one person’s actions things can go really left,” Novelist said in conversation with mum Dee on his 1Xtra show.

“I feel like there’s wisdom in responding in the right way.”

They used his own story as an example.

“Your lung was punctured,” Dee said. “But it was then you were at a crossroads where you had to make a choice of, ‘do I act on my anger? Do I act on what I think I’m entitled to do? Or do I think long-term?'”

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