Louisa Adjoa Parker is a British writer of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in south west England. Her first poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears, and pamphlet were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third poetry collection, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams. Her latest pamphlet, She can still sing, will be published in 2021.
Louisa’s poetry and prose has been widely published, including in Envoi; Wasafiri; Ink, Sweat & Tears; and Under the Radar. She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; highly commended by the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize; and commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has performed her work in the south west and beyond, and has delivered numerous writing workshops to people of all ages, including tutoring for the Arvon Foundation.
Louisa has written extensively on black, Asian and ethnically diverse history, and set up the Where are you really from? project. Her short story collection, Stay with me, will be published by Colenso Books in 2020; and her coastal memoir will be published by Little Toller Books in 2021. She has written for publications including HuffPost; gal-dem; CPRE The Countryside Charity; and the Wellcome Trust.
Louisa is passionate about telling the stories of marginalised groups, and working towards social justice. She also works as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant, and is co-director of The Inclusion Agency. She is a sought-after speaker on racism, black history, and the lived experience of marginalisation.
- How to wear a skin - Indigo Dreams Publishing, October 2019
Awards and residencies
- Commended by the National Poetry Competition - 2019
Current Events and Projects
- Where are you really from? project - www.whereareyoureallyfrom.co.uk, 2018-2020