Artist, poet and filmmaker Amanda Holiday completed a degree in Fine Art before moving into film & scriptwriting - directing short experimental films for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4. Between 2001-10, she lived in Cape Town where she wrote and directed several educational television series.

Her chapbook 'The Art Poems' was published in April 2018 as part of New Generation African Poets (Tano) chapbox series from Akashic books (US). Her text ‘A Posthumous Conversation about Black Art’ was published in the first edition of Critical Fish Journal (see blog for info).


She completed the Poetry MA at UEA with Distinction in 2019 and her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner (US), South Bank Poetry Magazine, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Lolwe, ANMLY (US) and she has written for Frieze.

IN 2020, she was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and founded the UK's first crowdfunded poetry  press Black Sunflowers.

She is currently a Techne AHRC doctoral student in Poetry, Race and Art at the University of Brighton.


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