Deanna is a writer, performer, and facilitator.
Deanna was the face of Black British poetry in ITV’s 2020 Black History Month TV campaign and wrote the 2020 Black History Month poem for BBC Sport.
A former UK Poetry Slam Champion and the 2018 recipient of the Kevin Elyot award at University of Bristol’s theatre collection, Deanna has garnered titles such as Elle UK’s ‘30 inspirational women under 30′, the Female Lead’s ‘20 in their 20’s, and Cosmopolitan’s no.1 trailblazing woman, as well as winning a rising star award from the Hospital Club.
Internationally, Deanna has toured her poetry in over 15 different countries including Beirut, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa.
She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University, Poetry and Public Engagement module at UWE, and tutors at School of Communication Arts (‘the most successful ad school in the world’).
Commissions include: Black History Matters (BBC sport 2020), Flash Fiction (small green shoots), Keats 200 (Keats house museum), if #changethegame (BBC sport), Dina Asher smith (BBC sport), Jamel Shabazz x Lee Jeans, Female Focus (Chelsea football club), Under the Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral) and Women Who Spit (BBC iPlayer)
Theatre commissions include Now We Are Here (Young Vic dir. Ian Rickson), and Sing Before you Speak Again (Young Vic).
Deanna is on the board of Safe Ground and lives in Bristol with her partner and children.
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