Dean Atta’s Coming To CBI’s Conference, We’re Very Excited!

Dean Atta, the verse novelist of The Black Flamingo, is coming to Children’s Books Ireland’s Conference, Belonging, this September, to lend his voice to our #WeAreThePoets panel.

This British poet has shown himself to have a unique and talented style, that utilises the power of verse to give a voice to those that find themselves marginalized and silenced. His debut YA novel The Black Flamingo, which depicts the coming-of-age story of a mixed-race gay teenager finding himself through the art of drag, is a clear example of how he breaks with convention to tell the kinds of stories that need to be heard.

He recognises the power of poetry, believing that “whether it’s one person picking up a poetry book or a video that goes viral on YouTube. Poetry can be life changing.” It is no wonder that such a strong voice was listed as one of the hundred most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent newspaper.

We are so excited to hear what he has to say at our conference this year, and are sure he will bring an amazing perspective to this panel. Make sure you don’t miss Dean’s conversation with Brian Conaghan and Meg Grehan, led by Máire Zepf, Irish Language Poet and Author of books such as Tubaiste ar an Titanic and Nóinín.

For a full list of speakers, check out our conference flyer!

Book your tickets for the conference, on the 21st and 22nd of September, now!

Reference Sources: – Dean Atta interview



About Elaine Smyth

Children's Books Ireland Summer Intern 2019, and Masters student of Children's Literature at Trinity College Dublin.