Tolu Agbelusi


TOLU AGBELUSI is a Nigerian born, London based poet, playwright, performer, educator and lawyer. Her work addresses the unperformed self, womanhood and the art of living.  A Calalloo Fellow, she is published internationally in journals and anthologies including Aké Review, Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry Anthology (Peepal Tree Press), Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The White Review and Brittle Paper. Tolu was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and was a 2017 BBC Slam Finalist. Tolu has performed on many stages including Stanza International Poetry Festival, Lagos Poetry Festival, and Southbank’s WoW Festival. She has led workshops and guest lectures including to PhD students at Birbeck University, in collaboration with academics at  King’s College University London, and for BBC Words First poetry competitions. Tolu is the creator of Home Sessions, a development course for young black writers. Her first poetry collection Locating Strongwoman will be published by Jacaranda Books in October 2020. For more information, visit

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