Warsan Shire

Shire was born in 1988 in Kenya. Her verse first gained notice after her poem ‘For Women Who Are Difficult to Love’ went viral. In 2011, she also released Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, a poetry pamphlet published by flipped eye. In October 2013, Shire was also selected from a shortlist of six young bards as the first Young Poet Laureate for London. She was the inaugural winner of the African Poetry Prize in 2013. With Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial and Denise Riley, Shire was one of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop.