Warsan Shire

b. 1988

Warsan Shire was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Warsan Shire’s debut pamphlet, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, was published in 2011. She won the inaugural Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2013 and in 2014 was appointed the first Young People’s Laureate for London. She was also selected as Poet in Residence for Queensland, Australia, where she collaborated with the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2015 she released a limited-edition pamphlet, Her Blue Body, and in 2016 created the film adaptation and poetry for Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. In 2017 she was included in the Penguin Modern Poets series.

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