Panya Banjoko is a UK based Writer and Poet whose work has been published in various anthologies. She has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games, coordinates a Black Writers network, is Patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the founder of Nottingham Black Archive.
In 2008 she was awarded Women in the Arts for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry. In 2016 she was selected by Left Lion Magazine as one of Nottingham’s most influential Black Women. In 2017 she was presented with the Black Achievers Award in Culture, Music and Art for her work with Poetry.
Her work has featured in numerous anthologies including the award-winning Dawn of the Unread series published by LeftLion magazine in 2016. In 2017 her poem ‘One of a Kind’ was commended in the Writing East Midlands Aurora poetry competition. Her poem They and Them was featured in the Mic Drop I exhibition by Keith Piper, artist and academic, at the Beaconsfield Gallery, London. Her debut poetry collection, Some Things, is published by Burning Eye Books.