Panya Banjoko

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Performance Poetry, Poetry, Writing for Children

Writer Biography

PANYA BANJOKO currently resides in Nottingham. She has a BA (Hons.) Degree in communications Studies, an MA in Children’s Literature and an MA in Museum Studies.

She is an established writer and performace poet and has had her work broadcast on both television and radio. Her publications include IC3 An Anthology of New Black Writing in Britain published by the Penguin press, Rasta in the Millennium published by the Millennium Commission and Bibi’s Museum Adventure published by the Museums Service. She recently won the 2008 Black Women in the Arts Poetry Award in London.

It has been said of her work, ‘…What you get when listening to Panya is a profound sense of listening to a teacher. Her poetry is hip-hop energy fused with a hymnal element. Her trademark is a penchant for grand themes in small sentences. There’s lots of shrewd thought but its poetry we can all grasp without the need to constantly hit the rewind button.’ Sable Magazine.


Selected Publications

IC3- An Anthology of New Black writing In Britain, Penguin Press, (2000)

Rasta in the Millennium, Millennium Commission (2000)

Entice Magazine (1997)

Sable Magazine – Issue 3. (2002)

Bibi’s Museum Adventure – The Princess and the Potters Pot (2009)

Performances & Workshops

Spit Lit – London, International Women’s Day – Queens Walk Community Centre –
Phoenix Arts Leicester – Decibel Live. International Women’s Day, Nottingham University, Big Day Out – Old Market Square.
The Big Day Out – Old Market Square, Apples and Snakes – Royal Centre, Apples and Snakes – Derby Dance Centre.
Playhouse – Celebrating My Sister poetry event, Leicester City Gallery, Nottingham Caribbean Carnival, Club IX London, ACNA Centre, Marcus Garvey Centre.
Nottingham Community Arts – Word Up event, ACFF Centre Black history Month event, NOW festival.

Prizes & Awards

Black Women in the Arts Award 2008 London

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    I have over 15 years experience of delivering workshops for people of all ages including early years and the elderly. I have worked for creative partnerships both as a development worker and as a practitioner since 2002. I work exstensively with the museums service delivering creative writing sessions inspired by objects as well as project managing a range of projects with community groups and schools.

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