Alumna Adjoa Wiredu to publish poetry collection: ‘On Reflection’

Adjoa Wiredu

Alumna Adjoa Wiredu, who studied MA The Contemporary in the School of English will publish a collection of poetry entitled On Reflection: Moments, Flight and Nothing New (Jacaranda, October 2020).

Adjoa Wiredu is a writer from London, who currently lives in Veneto, Italy. She writes poetry, personal essays and creative non-fiction about identity. Her work explores the significance of lived experiences, in an attempt to understand who we are in the present. Her forthcoming debut poetry collection On Reflection: Moments, Flight and Nothing New, appear as fragments of everyday scenes forming a narrative of self-discovery. Vignettes accompanied by photography explore life’s contradictions, trauma, and the ways in which we navigate the fluidity of cities.

‘I started writing this collection at Kent University, while I was still trying to make sense of my new life as a mature student’, Adjoa explains. ‘I wrote a few poems of my experiences in Paris where I lived for one semester, inspired by the EN899 – Paris: The Residency module. We read and discussed writers who had written about Paris, and writers who were currently writing about the city. After my MA I continued writing my fragmented short stories and finished my first draft in early 2018. It’s been a challenging, encouraging experience, and I’m very excited to be part of the Jacaranda 20 Black British writers to be published in 2020′.

Adjoa’s work can also be found on Silver Birch Press, Gal-dem, in Desert Rose Literary Magazine and Parentheses, Barcelona. In 2018, she engaged in a Walk and Talk research project at Arc Artist Residency; she was a Writer-in-Residence at JIWAR Barcelona, and a recipient of the Heart of Glass professional development bursary.

Some of Adjoa’s work can be read on Irisi Magazine’s website, here: 

More information about Adjoa’s collection of poetry can be found on the publisher’s page, here: