Theresa Lola is Young People's Laureate for London, if you are a young
person follow the hashtag #YPLJourney to keep up with updates.
Theresa Lola's debut full length poetry collection
'In Search of Equilibrium' (Nine Arches Press, February 2019)
Theresa Lola’s debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium is an extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving. Where the algorithms of the body and the memory fail, Lola finds the words that will piece together the binary code of family and restart the recovery program. In doing so, these unflinching poems work towards the hard-wired truths of life itself - finding hope in survival, lines of rescue in faith, a stubborn equilibrium in the equations of loss and renewal. - Jane Commane, Editor, Nine Arches Press
Theresa Lola is joint winner of the 6th Brunel International African Poetry Prize
Theresa Lola reads her poem 'For They Who Listen When Courage Calls'
at the Unveiling of Millicent Fawcett's statue at Parliament Square
Tuesday April 24th
BBC Africa Interview
February 2018 - Listen here Theresa Lola's BBC Radio 3's The Verb Interview
Listen Here BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour interview
Running workshops as part of the 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival in Nigeria from November 1st to 5th. The four workshops ranged from discussing the history of Nigerian women poets to looking at the works of women in general such as Carolyn Forche and Safia Elhillo, we also analyzed how blackness is reflected in poems to looking at ways joy can be framed in a poem.
Courtesy of the British Council and Arts Council International Development grant, I will be running four poetry workshops alongside Ruth Sutoye at the 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival in Nigeria November 1st to 5th.
26th of July is the screening for Mother Tongues at Autograph ABP, a project by Victoria Adukwei Bulley. A translation and film series featuring Theresa Lola, Tania Nwachukwu, Belinda Zhawi, and Victoria Adukwei Bulley, our poems translated by our mothers into Yoruba, Igbo, Shona and Ga, respectively. Tickets available here
After a 4 week long workshop with the young women at Phoenix Place School, Rachel Long and I spoke on our experience at the Africa Writes Festival 1st July 2017 at The British Library. We also read the poems written by them.
600 people showed up to a sold out RAP Party as part of the 2017 Africa Writes Festival at The British Library. RAP Party is an event curated by Inua Ellams, Theresa Lola and DJ Sid Mercurtio which is a celebration of the bridges between Poetry and Hip Hop. Poets that graced the stage for this edition were Kayo Chingonyi, Roger Robinson, Kei Miller, Amaal Said, Rachel Long, Malika Booker, Jolade Olusanya, Fatima Kelleher, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams.
13th June, ran a workshop for Frank PR firm as part of their staff retreat.
Octavia Collective interviewed for the February 2017 Issue of ASOS Magazine.
Home, a short film as part of Gal-dem magazine women of color poets exhibtion