5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 4th Jun 2018

A Seat at the Table

With The Pool and 5x15

Conway Hall - 7:00pm

Sheila Atim

Sheila Atim

Sheila played Marianne Laine in Girl from the North Country (Old Vic & Noël Coward Theatre), for which, at the time of writing, she has received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations and a Critics' Choice Award. Recent theatre credits include Babette’s Feast (Coronet Printroom); The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Ceasar as part of the Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). Other theatre credits include Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta (RSC); Black Lives Black Words – The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre). Sheila’s television credits include I Live With Models and the upcoming second series of Harlots.

Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower

Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower

Referred to by Elle magazine as a 'millennial mastermind’ in their 'Stars On The Rise: 20 Power Players To Watch Out For In 2018’ list, Chidera Eggerue - an award-winning blogger, is a presenter for the MOBO Awards and a speaker with a growing audience of almost 100,000 across her social media accounts, and is on a mission to encourage young people to take charge of their futures.

Her influence spans across various platforms and she is constantly driving conversations to do with body positivity especially through the movement she created called #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER. Chidera’s first book What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower’s guide to why you are already enough will be published in July 2018.

Florence Adepoju

Florence Adepoju

MDMflow is a cruelty free beauty brand that is inspired by street culture. The range consists of bright and bold, highly pigmented shades that are suitable for all skin tones; empowering women to confidently express themselves through colour.

All products are designed by Florence Adepoju, a BSc Hons Cosmetic Science graduate from the London College of Fashion. Each ingredient is hand selected from specialty suppliers and the pigments used are developed using the latest colour technology. Featured on New York Times, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Evening Standard, Refinery 29, Metro UK + more.

Funmi Fetto

Funmi Fetto

Funmi Fetto, a former beauty director of British Vogue and currently Contributing Beauty Editor and Columnist at the title, has over 15 years’ experience as a fashion and beauty journalist. She has worked and written for The Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Telegraph, Elle, the Guardian and Tatler, where she was beauty director.

Working under the new Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, she writes a beauty column that focuses specifically on women of colour, the first of its kind. Her first book, Palette, will be published by Hodder in 2019.

Yomi Adegoke

Yomi Adegoke

Yomi Adegoke is a journalist who writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics. She is co-author of Slay In Your Lane, a guide to life for young black British women.

Yrsa Daley-Ward

Yrsa Daley-Ward

Ysra Daley-Ward was born to a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father in Chorley in Northern England, where she grew up with her grandparents, who were devout Seventh-day Adventists.

In her late teens and early 20s she was a model, "struggling to pay her rent in London, working for brands such as Apple, Topshop, Estée Lauder and Nike." In search of better opportunities, she found the money for a ticket to South Africa, where she eventually lived for three years, and has said: "The thing that attracted me to South Africa was that the models look like me and there's so much more diversity".

In her mid-20s, Daley-Ward began to perform and get recognized for her poetry in Cape Town, South Africa, while also working as a model. Not long after returning to London in 2012, she was invited back to South Africa to work alongside the British Council headlining two poetry festivals in Johannesburg.
She was then listed as one of the top five writers to watch for by Company Magazine.
Daley-Ward is known for her short poems on topics such as identity, race, mental health, and femininity. Her debut book, Bone, has been described by Hanif Abdurraqib in The Atlantic as an "impressive debut" that "honestly excavates a writer’s life, not simply presenting pain, but also showing an individual working through it."

While she is now better known for her poetry, both written and spoken, before releasing Bone in 2014, she released a book of short stories entitled On Snakes and Other Stories in 2013. In 2018 she will release her new book The Terrible. Daley-Ward also made an appearance in a TEDx Talk conference with her talk Your Stories and You.