Siana Bangura is a writer, blogger, public speaker and freelance journalist hailing from South East London. She is an award-winning poet and performer: her debut collection of poetry, ‘Elephant’, was published in May 2016 by the Haus of Liberated Reading. Siana is a producer, working across film and theatre and is currently producing the upcoming film, ‘1500 & Counting’, investigating police brutality and deaths in custody in the UK.  Siana is also the founder and editor of Black Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL. Having worked with an eclectic array or organisations over the last five years, Siana’s portfolio of work focuses on bringing underrepresented voices from the margins to the centre. Her creative work, extensive writing, and community organising focus on highlighting and centring marginalised voices – like hers – empowering them to take up space and be visible on their own terms. Siana has been recognised by MOBO, The Bookseller, VICE, Dazed, Elle, NU People Magazine, Hustle and Heels, The Voice, True Africa, Buzzfeed, and the BBC, among others, for her powerful voice, conviction, and commitment to working towards meaningful inclusivity and positive change in Britain and beyond. She was nominated for the 2016 Nu People x Hustle and Heels Inspire Award and holds a History degree from the University of Cambridge. Siana is an international public speaker, performing and presenting papers most recently in Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands.

Photo by Susuana Amoah
Photo by Susuana Amoah

 

‘A powerful emerging voice on London’s poetry circuit… Bangura is making a path for writers who don’t want to compromise their creativity, championing a DIY path to getting work out there for people to read… Bangura’s Elephant is semi-autobiographical, covering the politics swirling around black womanhood, from childhood experiences of colourism to adult encounters with direct racial hatred, and the memory of immigration to London from Sierra Leone. Bangura explains the conscious link between forging a DIY route, and the experience of minorities navigating the traditionally white space of literary publishing.’ – Anna DeWolf, Dazed

 

Photo by Susuana Amoah
Photo by Susuana Amoah

 

Women Who Rocked The World in 2015‘:

‘These breath-taking, astute, fierce, resilient, considered sisters make me really excited about what the future for women of colour in the UK could look like.

‘[Siana’s] candid account of the incident on social media helped uncover the underbelly of the UK racism which is often swept under the ‘illusion of inclusion’ carpet. We have to keep telling our stories, to keep our humanity thriving and prevent others from overstepping our boundaries.’ – Simone Bresi-Ando, The Voice, January 2016

 

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Photo by Adama Jalloh

 

 

Poetry Meets Arts

‘[She] is one seriously amazing force to reckon with. This prolific blogger, spoken word artist, poet, writer and women’s rights activist is more than just a cute face and fashionista – her lyrics run deep with meaning and touch a raw nerve that allows us all to connect with each other on the most simple, yet intricate level – as human beings. And then there’s her sweet and demure performance style that is captivating, simply allowing her words and unique flow to seep into her soul one minute and the next sweep you into a hurricane of letters!’ – Emma Ako, Carpe Diem Nights, September 2015

 

 

Pundersons Gardens - Photo by Jendella
Photo by Jendella Benson

 

Highlights and selected press:

Overview:

‘On Elephant, Parapets, and Re-imagining the Status Quo’: Ted Talk

‘Denim’: A short film exploring gentrification, by Siana Bangura

‘Never be just a fly on the WALL’: The story of No Fly on the WALL
Jacobs University, 2015, Bremen, Germany
Kicking the Kyriarchy: Episode on Race

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October 2017: Black Girl Festival set to premiere its first celebration of Black women, Fringe Frequency

October 2017: Sierra Leone Festival to Celebrate the Nation’s Excellence, Fringe Frequency

September 2017: This Week’s Top Exhibitions, A-N.co.uk

September 2017: The Social Centres Roundup, Freedom News (Referencing Common House)

June 2017: Fighting Gentrification: Watch Siana Bangura’s ‘Denim’, For Creative Girls

May 2017#LLA Under-25 Spotlight – “I’m really not one to take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to my career and creativity” Siana Bangura, Leading Ladies of Africa

May 2017: Watch ‘Denim’, Siana Bangura’s short film on gentrification, Konbini

May 2017: Five Things Inspiring Poet, Publisher, and Activist Siana Bangura right now, The Bookseller

May 2017: #BlossomsOfTheMoment feature in MOBO

May 2017: Watch Siana Bangura’s short film ‘Denim’, about London’s displaced communities (Fringe Frequency)

September 2016: A Spotlight on Inspirational People of Colour, by Shades of Noir

September 2016: The New Generation of Poets Mastering DIY Culture, Dazed Digital

July 2016: Wretch 32 & Swiss Remind Us That Black British Lives Matter, Gal-dem

July 2016: A Conversation with Wretch 32 About Police Brutality, Noisey

May 2016: ‘I put pen to paper and a river of blood poured from me’, IC3 Mag

May 2016: Fly Library (featuring ‘Elephant’)

April 2016: The London Poet Celebrating Black Britishness, Dazed Digital

December 2015: Listed as One To Watch in 2016 by True Africa

December 2015: Quoted in article on Being Black British and visiting ‘home’, by Tholani Alli

October 2015: Black History Month tour featured as one of Afrokanist Magazine’s ten exciting things to look forward to this October

October 2015: Featured in list of (Black) British poets to celebrate Black History Month and National Poetry Day on October 8th (featured at number 9)

October 2015: Interview with Kai Lutterodt of ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ – An Urban Guide discussing freelance journalism and networking

August 2015: Interview with Munir Bello at The Breakup Recipe  (Feature of the week)

July 2015: Silenced on Campus, Index on Censorship

July 2015: Quoted in  Consented UK article on anti-blackness and Islamaphobia in South Asian communities, by Amit Singh

June 2015: 10 Black British Women Who Are Killing It In Their Fields (Featured at number 7)

April 2015: 5 Female African Bloggers To Follow on Twitter (Featured at number 4)

February 2015: Creative Crowd Interview, by Lisa Jane Boyle

Jan 2015: 10 Things African Londoners Can Look Forward To In 2015 (Featured at number 7)

July 2013: 100 of Britain and Ireland’s Secular Thinkers You Should Know About, Who Aren’t White Men (Featured at number 10)

 

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