South West Writers

Louis Adjoa Parker

Louisa Adjoa Parker

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About the Author

I am a writer of poetry, fiction and black history. I am of Ghanaian and English heritage, and have lived in the West Country for over 30 years. I began writing to explore my feelings of difference. My first poetry collection, Salt-seat and Tears, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2007 and was critically acclaimed by the likes of Selima Hill. I have recently had my pamphlet, Blinking in the Light, published (also by Cinnamon).

My poetry and fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies, journals and online publications including Wasafiri; Envoi; Coffee-House Poetry; Ouroboros; Ink Sweat and Tears; Sometimes (Cinnamon Press); Consequences; Toasted Cheese; The Pygmy Giant; PennyShorts; Fresh Ink: New Light (Oxford Waters); Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe); The Forward Book of Poetry; Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories and Closure (Peepal Tree Press). I have been highly commended by the Forward Prize and short-listed by the Bridport Prize and the HISSAC Flash Fiction Competion.

I have written several exhibitions and books exploring the presence of black and minority ethnic people in Dorset, including Dorset’s Hidden Histories; All Different, All Dorset; 1944 We Were Here: African American GIs in Dorset; and The World of East Dorset.

I have performed my work extensively across the South West and beyond, and have delivered many creative writing workshops in a range of settings, including at schools, colleges, prisons and universities.

Recent Publications

Blinking in the Light , Cinnamon Press
The Closure Anthology

Current Events/Projects

Agent For Change
Plymouth Museum Art Gallery

Awards and Residencies

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet
HMYOI Portland Residency
Holy Trinity School , Writer-in-Residence

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