Dorothea Smartt

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Dorothea Smartt FRSL is a literary activist, poet and live artist. Since the 1980’s, as a member of Brixton Black Women’s Group, she’s contributed to Blackfeminist activism and was among the original staff of London’s Black Lesbian & Gay Centre Project. With two full poetry collections [Peepal Tree Press], her more recent chapbook Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings-On, “is subversive…ultimately…about Black diasporic love.” Her collection Ship Shape is an ‘A’ Level English Literature text.  She’s co-Director of INSCRIBE, a national Black & Asian writer development programme and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Her commissioned poems about London’s ‘lost rivers’ will feature on nineteen ventilation columns of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel. Dorothea is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD at The UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados.

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