Rarely do we see political issues handled so beautifully
— ESTHER KUFORIJI, BLAVITY
Photo by Paul Heartfield

Photo by Paul Heartfield

Hello there.

I am a writer, social researcher and campaigner with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. I have also recently finished my tenure as Young Poet Laureate for London.

I have worked in a number of social policy roles for not for profit organisations including UN Women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Capacity Global (an environmental think tank) and currently at the RSA.

As a writer, I have written for outlets including for The Guardian, Red Pepper, Sable Litmag and The Free Word Centre. I was Co-Editor for women’s news portal, Women’s Views on News for a number of years until 2012. I have also chaired events, spoken on a number of panels on education, identity politics and the role of art as a tool of activism.

I think art (in my case poetry) can be a massive and powerful tool of social change that I use as often as possible for this reason. As such, much of my poetry touches on social and environmental justice as well as identity, nostalgia and belonging.

I have toured with my poetry both nationally and internationally, most notably at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews and Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway. I have been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, the RSA, A New Direction and the Free Word Centre.

My debut collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society (PBS) recommendation.

If you would like to read some of my work, please click on links above where you can find samples of both my poetry, essays and articles from over the years.

 

Awards

Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-16

PBS recommendation for The Secrets I Let Slip (2015)

Selina Nwulu demonstrates the possibilities of the poem as an act of creative revision. These nuanced, important, poems give us access to a reality so often erased by the ‘fluid prejudice’ of history.
— KAYO CHINGONYI