Who is SuAndi?
SuAndi was born in Hulme, Manchester, with absolutely no aspirations to be a writer - though at an early age she joined a dancing school and had dreams of a life not as the first Black ballet dancer, but as a contemporist. She literally walked into the arts as a model, the poet was quick to follow, and since 1985 she has expanded her portfolio of work into diverse locations, from galleries to public artwork. She is the freelance Cultural Director of NBAA, a recipient of a NESTA Dreamtime award, and in 1999 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her contributions to the Black Arts Sector.
I like to call myself a poet because the word has such hidden depth. Being a poet has allowed me to be a novelist, playwright, live artist and even write opera. I can use poetry when I am speaking at conferences. I can share words ideas with young people from knee high to grey toppers. I love that it has such a strong link to my ancestry, the African oral tradition, and fits so neatly on the page right here in 21st Century Manchester. Why on earth would I want to be anything different when I can be what I am, a poet, and a SUSSEDBLACKWOMANCELEBRATINGLIFE?
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