cropped-dc68a465-4543-4b21-9d31-132309fb0cc7-2.jpegPanya Banjoko is a UK based writer, poet and PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her debut collection, ‘Some Things’, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her work features in numerous anthologies, including award-winning Dawn of the Unread (LeftLion, 2016). Her poem One of a Kind was commended in the Writing East Midlands Aurora Poetry Competition (2017) and her poem They and Them featured in an exhibition by artist, academic and critic Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London, the British Film Festival (2018) and the International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2019).

She has taught in schools and has undertaken artist residencies at the International School, Stuttgart, Germany, Jaipur Literature Festival, India, and the National Trust’s 100 verses at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire. She has received numerous awards including, Women in the Arts Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2008,  the Black Achievers Culture, Music, and Arts Award for her work as a poet in 2017, and the Notts Inspirational Women’s Award (2019).

Her work has been described as ‘…poetry with hip- hop energy fused with a hymnal element…’ (Sable Magazine, 1999).  Panya is a multi-award winning poet, co-ordinates a Black Writers Network and is patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.


Banjoko, Panya, ‘Things You Wouldn’t Say to Your Daughter’, Clever Girls ed. Jackie Goode (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 165-180. Critical-creative essay.

Banjoko, Panya, Some Things, (Bristol: Burning Eye Books, 2018). Poetry collection.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Insomniac’s Count’, Nottingham, ed. Miggy Angel (Nottingham: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities, 2019), pp. 51-54.

Banjoko, Panya ed., When We Speak, An Anthology of Black Writing in Nottingham, (Nottingham: Nottingham Black Archive, 2018).

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Santa Circa. 2092’, Christmas Crackers: Ten Poems to Surprise and Delight, (Nottingham: Candlestick Press, 2017), p. 8. Re-published as the weekly poem for Oxford Brookes University, December 4, 2017.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Powe Meets Africanus’, Dawn of the Unread ed. James Walker (Nottingham: Spokesman Books, 2017).

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Brain Drain’, IC3, An Anthology of New Black Writing in Britain, eds. Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay (London: Penguin Press, 2000), p. 163.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘The Offering’, Random Acts of Kindness, An Anthology of Poetry and Flash Fiction for Nottingham Peacebuilders eds. Cathy Lesurf, Anthony Cropper, Sheelagh Gallagher (Nottingham: Spokesman Books, 2017), p. 36.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Mike’s Story’, ‘Love Matters’, and ‘360’, The ‘Art of Nottingham (Nottingham: Nottingham Jubilee Press, 2013), pp. 129-131.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Beside the Pool’, ‘Arriving’, and ‘Dirty Gold’, Through the Aether (Nottingham: Nottingham Jubilee Press, 2012), pp.176 – 177, 180.

Banjoko, Panya, ‘Arriving’, Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets, eds. Jackie Kay, James Proctor, Gemma Robinson (Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2012), p. 177.

Education Commissions: 

When Carnival Came’ TunTum Housing, 2020.

‘A Pause’ Nottingham City Arts, 2020.

‘Dream Here’ Pathways Mural Project, New Art Exchange and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) University of Nottingham, 2016.

Banjoko, Panya, Hari at the Castle (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Museum Service, 2010)

Banjoko, Panya, Bibi’s Museum Adventure (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Museum Service, 2008)

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