Spoken Word Poet. Age 26.
- How did being a poet start for you?
I remember when I first heard (poet) Joseph Coelho – it was at a writing workshop at the Lyric in Hammersmith and they performed poetry. And I remember being completely knocked sideways; I just didn’t understand that that was poetry. It really spoke to me. It had language that I understood and pattern and rhythms that I connected to as a teenager. That really spun me off the course I was on and put me back on the course I should be on.
- Why did writing and performing poetry appeal to you?
As a teenager I didn’t know how to say all the things that I felt. I felt that I didn’t have a talent or anything to contribute. I was just Deanna. And it was quite a frustrating place to exist in – when all your mates are intelligent, great at art, popular and you just feel bland.
- If your teenage self could see you now, what would she think?
I think she’d be a bit confused. But I think she’d be proud and relieved that we’re doing something that we love, and that we’re good at and we finally found it. Phew!
- What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I’ve ever been given is to be grateful for everything. And that builds up into a wonderful bank of lovely goodness that you can tap into when you feel sad. So that’s what I do.