The Nepenthe Park Chronicles is a gloriously subversive, no holds barred, kitchen-sink story of London’s untamed streets. This is not your run-of-the-mill boyz n the hood tale. Please do not conflate this with anything you have read. The writer’s acute way with words will leave you breathless.
The reader is taken through a visceral journey into a city they may be familiar with, into the cadence and the swagger of the urban street, right into the recesses of a Gus quietly raging, by a stricken Ashleigh as she watches her ambitions impeding and Johnny Freelander, despairing at the structural death of his adolescence.
At the heart of the story is Lollipop. Vapid decisions causes him to gradually spiral into chaos. His life dangles before the jaws of death. Beautifully but belligerently written, this is a brazen, self-assured debut by Ali Kinteh.
Published by Rogue Press – January 11, 2016
Howls From The Underground is anthology of authors, essayists and poets from both sides of the Atlantic.
Ali was invited by Tony Nesca, author of more than half-a-dozen books, including About A Girl, Vodka Orange Sunday and Emma Strunk, to submit material to this medley of literary styles, published by Screamin’ Skull Press in W.
Other writers include Nesca himself, Nicole Nesca, Laura Kerr, Tony Prokash, Stephen Moran, C.S. Fuqua and Chrissi Seppe.
Ali contributed two essays: The Ballast Of Thomas Paine and The Agony And Ecstasy Of Penmanship.
Overall, this horde of renegades possess boundless imagination and feverish spirit. Their musings are transgressive, raw, experimental and acerbic.
Published by Screamin’ Skull Press – July 18, 2018
Essays From The Hermit’s Lodge is a collection of nineteen irreverent writings, scribbled from the forlorn hand of Ali Kinteh. He is a flaneur and observer of these turbulent times. He offers adversarial musings about London, free speech, the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, the culture of celebrity and the fairground of politics.
He writes masterfully on his heroes: Darcus Howe, Yul Brynner, Lorraine Hansberry, Thomas Paine, John Hurt, Amitabh Bachchan, Neville Southall and his own brother Ousman Kinteh. He crafts eloquent pieces on hip hop, football, fatherhood and the pitfalls of juvenescence. We envisage the mind of an author who has taken leave of the world.
"We, who are of a deep-rooted tradition of learning and letters, write simply because we must, simply." – Ali Kinteh
Published by Rogue Press - May 24, 2022.
Dean Anthony is a tenured English Literature professor. He is revered by his students for his charismatic style of 'jousting' with the text. But by night, he is destitute and homeless, riddled with debt.
Can his reevaluation of ethics and the virtues of yesteryear save him in the modern world?