Selina Nwulu, YPL 2015-2016
Selina Nwulu is a writer, poet and performer. Her work is an exploration of both the personal and political which she weaves with themes of identity, daily observation, nostalgia and belonging.
Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies including collections by the RSA (2015), Lunar Poetry (2015) and Emma Press (2014). Her first chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip is was published by Burning Eye Books in September. She has also written for a number of outlets including The Guardian, Red Pepper, the Free Word centre and Sable litmag.
In 2015 she has performed at a number of festivals including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and Fiery Tongues Festival in Ruigoord, Holland. She has previously toured nationally with Apples and Snakes, representing London as part of the Public Address II tour as well as performing internationally at the EU Environmental Human Rights Conference in Budapest. In 2014 she was a part of an emerging artists programme at Battersea Arts Centre, responding to the theme, ‘The artist as an activist’.
Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London 2014 – 2015
Aisling Fahey is a Slambassadors Youth Champion and London Teenage Poe
try Senior Slam Winner. She has performed to a wide range of audiences, from Glastonbury Festival to Tate Britain, Battersea Arts Centre and Royal Festival Hall. She was a member of the Barbican
Young Poets, Burn After Reading Collective and Slambassadors. She is an English graduate from Exeter University and lives in London.
“I want to make poetry more visible and more accessible, working with groups that don’t normally get the chance to express themselves. As a 21 year old woman from East London, I think I am in a position to authentically create conversations on issues affecting young Londoners at this current social moment – from education, to economics, to relationships and self-confidence.” – Aisling Fahey
As part of her laureateship Aisling undertook five residencies in London: The Stadium; Free Word Centre; The London Irish Centre; Waterstones Piccadilly; Our Lady and Saint George’s Catholic Primary School.
During the residencies Aisling spent up to two weeks getting to know a place and a community, sharing poetry, ideas and skills. Each residency provided a unique opportunity to create new work and to share her love of poetry. Aisling also performed as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square and travelled to Ireland to take part with other the other poet laureates of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Warsan Shire, Young Poet Laureate for London 2013 – 2014
“Being Young Poet Laureate for London has been an incredible experience. It has been challenging, humbling and rewarding. I’ve had really beautiful moments connecting with Londoners over the transformative power of poetry. It has been truly inspiring and I’m excited about the way it has informed and accelerated my work as a poet.”