resurrected Margaret Walker
Golden Shovel for My People by Bridget Minamore, after Margaret Walker
Bridget Minamore is a writer from and based in south-east London. She has written with the National Theatre’s New Views programme and the Royal Opera House, and has an English degree from University College London.
As a poet, she has read her work nationally and internationally. She has been commissioned by Historic England, the BBC, Tate Modern, Nike and ESPN, and in 2013 was shortlisted to be London’s first Young Poet Laureate. In 2015 she was chosen as one of The Hospital Club’s Emerging Creatives, as well as one of Speaking Volumes' 40 Stars of Black British Literature. Having placed third in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2009, in 2017 she became the youngest person, and first woman, to be the lead tutor for the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
Bridget’s 2017 BBC R4 documentary Lines of Resistance—on the poetic history of women of colour’s writing—was a Radio Times pick of the week. As an editor and Dramaturg, she has worked with artists Selina Thompson and Katie Greenall, Company Three, and the Young Vic.
As a journalist, Bridget has been a contributor to The Guardian and has written on a freelance basis for Pitchfork, The Stage, Exeunt, The Fader and The White Review. In 2018 she co-founded Critics of Colour with playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, a collective for UK-based people of colour which aims to making writing about theatre, dance, and/or opera more accessible.
Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, came out in May 2016. She has also been published in Five Dials, and anthologies New Daughters of Africa and Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art, and Making It Happen.
Bridget currently works for production company Esperanto Filmoj, as the Writing Assistant to writer and director Alfonso Cuarón.