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Dean Atta was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. His debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, was awarded the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, and shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize. His writing dealing with themes of race, gender and sexuality has appeared on the BBC and Channel 4, and in his regular column for Attitude magazine.
Praise & Testimonials
"Dean Atta's poetry is as honest as truth itself"
"One of the UK's finest poets"
--Time Out London
"Dean Atta is the Gil Scott Heron of his generation"
"Righteous and forceful"
"Unafraid to tackle topics other poets turn a blind eye to"
--Apples & Snakes
"His poems are priceless"
"Unapologetic, perfectly candid and equally moving"
"One of the leading lights in London's poetry scene"
"I am writing as a representative of Libraries in the three boroughs, City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. We are privileged to have worked with Dean over the past months and endorse him as a published author, performance poet and human rights activist. Dean took part in our Black History month promotion and also held interactive readings of his published work and work in progress in five libraries during LGBT awareness month in February. We have asked him to help promote our young persons' bibliotherapy offer in partnership with The Reading Agency and Young Minds. I have no hesitation in writing this as I believe Dean’s work touches people on many levels, awakens our social conscience and makes us think, makes us laugh, makes us cry and makes us ask why. He is an important voice, and a hardworking artist and will make the most of any opportunity offered in this initiative."
--Kate Gielgud, Health Information-Coordinator - Tri-borough Libraries
"Dean worked with my students at Dover ARC for three afternoon sessions as part of INSPIRE / The Big Arts Challenge. Dover ARC is a complex needs Key Stage Four Pupil Referral Unit with a maximum of fourteen students on role. These students can be challenging in their behavior and often struggle to remain engaged with their lessons. Dean had planned his sessions with my students include a range of activities, of different paces and group sizes, that were well designed to engage them. These activities were all tied-in well with the INSPIRE brief of "Self". Dean was the first of a series of artists who worked with the ARC students during INSPIRE and he did inspire them to engage with later artists who were not so engaging or well planned. Most importantly, Dean read my students some of his poetry. They were, in some cases, so moved that they cried. All of my students asked him to read more and he was kind enough to give us a copy of his book."
--Sarah Watson, Tutor - Dover ARC
"We hosted an Espresso style session with the poet and author Dean Atta. We started off the hour with a question and answer session taking in everything around how poetry has been used to highlight LGBT issues, Dean injected some personal stories around his journey and read a couple of his poems out loud. He also talked about how children he has worked with in schools have used poetry, to highlight some areas that they needed to express. He then for the second half on the session, talked about Odes (as it was coming up to Valentine’s Day), he showcased some from young people he works with, then encouraged everyone to write their own Ode. He gave tips and style and we read some of them out loud in the group. It was very well received by everybody that attended. With a number of participants afterwards expressing their positive comments about the session, and how it made them want to be more involved in poetry sessions in the future."
"We have been lucky to have Dean Atta deliver two different style sessions for our business a performance of his poetry and a poetry writing session where we got our employees to focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion at work and in their personal lives. Both events where designed to support our employees with their understanding of Diversity and Inclusion and as a D&I Practitioner I was in awe of the honest and open dialogue Dean was able to generate within the room. I look forward to partnering with him again."