Drew Gachagua is one of the fast-rising young poets in the 254. His latest piece of art is titled 'Late October'.

This is a collection of 20 poems which are written by him and illustrated by Mekatilili Bantu. In this book, he writes about identity, conformity, love, hate, youth and so much more.

"Poetry has been there in my life," he said in an interview with The Star

"I started writing two years ago, I was going through a lot and felt very misunderstood but I worked on this project for eight months." he added

He is also passionate about music as he has a three thousand song library and describes music as important to him. 'Listening to Mariah Carey is therapeutic. I also sing in the shower. I take advantage of great moments' he gushed.

He described this book as his survival;

"This book made me be my best self and without it, I wouldn’t have survived. It is the essence of my adolescence"

Taking to twitter, Gachagua revealed how poetry brought a new meaning to life.

"I began writing out of necessity. It was in a time when I thought that I would take my own life before my 15th birthday. Thankfully, I found something to be passionate about; I found poetry, and along the way I found myself. And now, at 16, I am a published poet!"


To me, Late October is more than a nostalgic collection of poetry, it is (quite literally) the essence of my adolescence... The pure and youthful paradigm that I saw my life according before, during, and after my heart was ever broken

The book goes for Sh700.