JC Niala is a Storyteller who writes. She performs stories that otherwise hide away in books and draws on inspiration from people's stories to create plays, films, poems & books.



What is inspiring me


This year marks the publication of the 2nd ever collection of plays written by African women. My play Unsettled is part of the collection that is being published by Methuen/ Bloomsbury. The collection features work by African Women Playwrights Network and we are launching it at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, at the Oxford Playhouse & in Cape Town.

Urban Garden Food


Urban Garden Food is the name of a podcast that I am currently developing. It is going to feature research from my doctoral studies. I am a first year DPhil student at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford studying urban gardeners.

On Creative Process


I don’t always feel creative, but over the years, doing the work that I do, I have learned that creativity is more than ‘just a feeling’. I will be sharing thoughts, tricks and tips that have helped (and continue) to help me in my various strands of work - be it writing, performance or academia.



“Excellent performance!”

"It just brings to the human aspect to the forefront which is amazing."


Previous work shown at

Tate Modern
BBC2                                 The Africa Centre, London
BBC Radio 4
University of Oxford