“When I was younger, I was quite a shy person but I found that poetry was a way in which I could connect with other sides of myself….”
Selina Nwulu is multi-talented woman. A writer, researcher, educationalist, poet and now 2015’s Young Poet Laureate for London.
Young Poet Laureate for London is a position awarded annually to a poet aged between 21 and 30 living in London. This prestigious award recognises talent and potential and provides a career–changing programme of engagements, professional development and networking. The role celebrates emerging literary talent and provides a platform for commenting on life in London from the viewpoint of a young person.
Nwulu is inspired by global justice, protest and politics using themes of identity, daily observations, nostalgia, and belonging; all while managing to be confident, sincere and skillful in her work.
Watch her perform “Home is a Hostile Lover”, which was first screened at ‘Silence Would be Treason – Between Nigeria and Here’ an event on oil, politics and poetry, at Empty Shop in Durham earlier this year.
Of her new role Nwulu had this to say in an interview with the Guardian newspaper:
“As young poet laureate for London, I will be doing various poetry performances across London as well as running workshops with different groups of people. I am also looking forward to working with young people this year, those who are both already interested in poetry and the ones that think it’s a bit dull. I’d like to help you see that not all poetry is the same; there is so much poetry out there, so many different styles and ways of presenting poetry. And if you don’t like what you read, then why not write your own poems? Decide what makes a good and interesting poem and write it. That’s what I did, and it’s why I keep on writing.“