Selina Nwulu was today (7th October) named the next Young Poet Laureate for London by Spread the Word, the writer development agency that runs the scheme.
Nwulu, who takes on the role from Aisling Fahey, beat off competition from five other poets (Belinda Zhawi, Harriet Creelman, Raymond Antrobus, Yuan Yang and Zia Ahmed) at a ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly.
Nwulu lives in Lambeth and runs poetry workshops for organisations such as The Battersea Arts Centre. This year she has taken part in the Edinburgh Festival and Glastonbury and her first poetry collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published last month by Burning Eye Books.
She said she will use her role, which she will hold for a year, to inspire others to write.
“I am absolutely honoured to have been chosen for this role,” she said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know London and its people better in the coming year.”
Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Selina is the next Young Poet Laureate for London. She brings to the role a unique and powerful poetic talent alongside a commitment to making poetry accessible. Spread the Word is looking forward to supporting her development as a poet over the coming year and to working with her to engage London’s diverse communities with poetry.”