Dean Atta on being united by his identities, the importance of collecting stories from our elders, and celebrating Black queer youth


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The one where we are Black flamingos

Nicole is solo this week speaking to Dean Atta, an author, writer and poet from London who is of Greek Cypriot and Caribbean heritage. His award-winning YA book, The Black Flamingo, is a moving coming of age story published in 2019 with inspiration drawn from Dean’s life and experiences coming of age as a mixed-race teenage boy. His latest YA book is called Only On The Weekend following the love story of Mack and Karim and Finlay and his new poetry collection, There is (still) love here, is out in September 2022. We spoke about being solid in our identities, telling Black queer stories and the importance of collecting stories from our elders

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