Featuring Professor Sandeep Parmar, Tobi Oredein and Fopé Jegede
This panel will discuss challenges faced by people of colour in academia and arts-related careers. The panellists will also provide advice and insight in overcoming these challenges, what progress has been made so far and what society needs to do moving forward.
Sandeep Parmar’s research interests are primarily modernist women’s writing and contemporary poetry and race. Her books include Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman as well as two books of her own poetry: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon, winner of the Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker and Co-Director of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing. In 2017, she founded the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme for BAME reviewers and the Citizens of Everywhere project which focuses on broadening ideas of citizenship and belonging.
Tobi Oredein is the Founding Editor of Black Ballad, a forward-thinking lifestyle website for the black and mixed-race women of excellence. She is also a freelance journalist who is passionate about creating unique content that simultaneously engages readers and puts publications and brands on the cutting edge, and has written for a variety for publications including Buzzfeed, Elle UK and The Independent.
Fopé Jegede is a third year studying English Literature at the University of Cambridge