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Dean Atta | Author and Poet

Dean Atta is a British author and poet from London. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. The Black Flamingo (Hachette Children’s Group), won the 2020 Stonewall Book Award and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. His second YA novel in verse, Only on the Weekends is a wonderfully engaging coming of age love story.

Online Introduction

What I can do for you

Author talk with short reading and Q&A

With a PowerPoint presentation Dean will talk about his journey to becoming a writer and the inspiration behind for his two young adult novels in verse, The Black Flamingo and Only on the Weekends. He will give short readings from both novels before opening up the floor for questions.

Two examples of Dean’s writing workshops

1. Alter Ego Poetry

Who would you be in another body? Another life? Another world? With a super power? With a million pounds? With nothing holding you back? In this poetry workshop you will explore your alter ego, inspired by comic book characters, drag performers, and the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece.

2. Which Flag to Wave?

Dean will use flags as a metaphor to discuss pride in various forms, including nationality and sexuality. You will look at poems by Bashabi Fraser and John Agard, and Dean will guide you to write a poem of your own.

Examples of my online work

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