We're delighted to present the work of poet Ella Otomewo as part of the wider University of Hertfordshire events programme celebrating Black History Month.

Ella’s work forms part of the third week of events on the theme of Black Is Diverse. She recites her poems: Zigzag, Feather to Feather, Neighbourhood, and Merfolk.

About Ella Otomewo

Ella Otomewo is a poet, performer and educator who found her voice in the spoken word community, but now writes for both the page and the stage. She has facilitated creative workshops for universities, community groups, libraries, schools and festivals, and has performed her poetry solo and with Young Identity all over the UK and in Europe. Ella is currently a member of the The Society of Readers and Writers at the Portico Library. Other 2021 credits include: Contact Theatre, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Art with Heart, Coalesce Dance Theatre, and Festival of Libraries (Manchester City of Literature), Big People Music, and Anthems Podcast.

Ella is part of the Young Identity Project. Young Identity (affectionately known as ‘YI’) began as a voluntary youth-arts performance project founded by director, Shirley May and Ali Gadema in 2006.  Young Identity believe in the transformative power of the arts in young peoples’ lives. Our mission, to develop literacy, critical thinking and active citizenship for young people, through experimenting with the combined arts. A dynamic and innovative organisation that nurtures the talent of tomorrow. Our mission is to empower those who are at risk of being excellent to fulfil their artistic potential.

For more information Ella and Young Identity please visit their website www.youngidentity.org