Panya Banjoko is a Nottingham-based writer whose work has been published in various anthologies.
Panya has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games, and as part of the award winning film, Brit I Am, directed by Andi Osho, and more recently as part of a BBC Documentary based on the Olympian Jamie Baulch.
In 2008, Women in the Arts awarded Panya Outstanding Achievement in poetry and in 2016 C-Hub Magazine awarded her Best Performer. She is Founder/Director of a Nottingham Archive and coordinates a writer’s network. She has written creative packs to accompany museum objects and her work is used as a resource for children.
I generally have more than one book on the go, right now I’m reading three, Black Poppies by Stephen Bourne because I’m researching the Great War, Penguin Modern Poets 3, well because I’m a poet and The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross. He pulled me into the novel before I knew what was happening. I went through a John Green phase not too far back, The Fault in Our Stars made me cry!
I find sharing a book just as fulfilling as reading. I often bounce books between friends, we read and talk and share and read and… well I think you get the picture.
Who has influenced me the most? A poet called Wole Soyinka, his poem Telephone Conversation, sums up the idiocy of people; I’d like to write a contemporary version of it.
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