Louisa Adjoa Parker is of Ghanaian and English heritage, and has lived in the South West of England for most of her life. She writes poetry, fiction, BAME history and articles on gender and 'race'. She began writing to explore early experiences of racism and domestic violence, and of feeling ‘different.’ Louisa is passionate about equality and social justice, and hopes to represent marginalised voices through her work. She believes that the Arts are a powerful tool for personal and societal change. Her work explores themes which include racism, identity and difference, home, place, gender and violence.
Louisa has been Writer in Residence for Lit Up! and Poole Libraries; HMP YOI Portland; and schools including Oldway Mansion, Paignton, and Holy Trinity School, Weymouth. She was resident poet at TedX Southampton 2016. She has delivered creative writing and BAME history workshops in schools, colleges, universities, libraries and prisons across the South West. She has performed her poetry at a range of venues, and has given talks on BAME history.
Louisa’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications including Wasafiri; Envoi; Bare Fiction; Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe); Closure (Peepal Tree Press); and And Other Poems. She has been shortlisted by the Bridport Prize and the Live Canon Competition; highly commended by the Forward Prize and longlisted by the Mslexia Novel Competition. She has written for gal-dem magazine, and has work forthcoming in The F-Word and INTR Magazine.
Louisa has received several grants from Arts Council England. The most recent one was for a year’s artistic development during 2016 to 2017. During this time she worked with mentors Jan Fortune, Clio Gray and Jacob Ross. She is grateful to the Arts Council for funding this website.
Louisa has also delivered a number of projects exploring BAME history, producing exhibitions and books as outcomes, and also works as a diversity consultant.