Kahawa Allstars: Jackson Biko

written by Jackson Biko 16th October 2018

We sit down for an exclusive chat with ever controversial journalist, Jackson Biko, who tells us about his new book and more.

How long did it take for Drunk to go from dream to reality?

Two years.

Inspired by true events or a figment of your imagination?

The character, Larry is a bit of my cousin who battled with alcoholism. The rest is me dreaming.

What is the symbolic meaning of the wheelbarrow?

It has no meaning (laughs). It’s a wheelbarrow. I love when people read too deep into things.

Cautionary tale or just life?

Life and fiction. Isn’t that the fun part?

To what extent did you identify with your own character?

Hmm, there is a Larry in all of us.

Where did the inspiration for the female characters come from? Has anyone recognised themselves?

One did. That’s all I’m saying.

What is the strangest location you’ve found yourself selling the book in?

Online, for sure.

Can we expect a feel good novel from you at any point?

Next one should be very easy and chill. Nobody dies. I hope.

What is the meaning of life?

Purpose. I could talk for days about this.

At what time of day does inspiration come easiest to you?


What is the punishment for people who photograph you without your consent?

Hanging until death!


Do you read other people’s fiction?

Of course.

What was your favourite book of the last decade?

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

Something about yourself that might surprise your readers?

I’m shy. I hate crowds and loud people. I sit quietly in a corner.

If you had to be stuck on a desert island with one person in the world (family members excluded), who would it be?

Toni Braxton!

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