Sile Sibanda is a Spoken Word Performer, BBC Radio Presenter, Events Host Creative Producer/facilitator and amateur dj. She has been involved in creative and community projects for over 12 years starting with a glee club at the age of 12 and speaking at the House of Lords. Recently, she hosted a conversation with former Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid for the Off The Shelf Festival and Munroe Bergdorf for Shefest. She created a short film about belonging as part of the Migration Matters Festival. Sile became a creative producer for Storytrails, creating an emotional, immersive storytelling experience about untold stories of people living in Sheffield. She had a debut dj set at Tramlines fringe and facilitates creative writing workshop for primary school and community groups.
Danae Wellington is a Jamaican British writer and Sheffield Poet Laureate 2023-2024. She advocates for healing through the creative arts, specifically through the fusion of poetry, storytelling, music and theatre. She’s been published in various anthologies and has performed widely at places like the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival and Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Danae is passionate about leading projects aimed at supporting young people from African Diaspora backgrounds to tell their stories and use their voices.
Warda Yassin is an award-winning British born Somali poet and secondary school teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize for her debut pamphlet Tea with Cardamom (Poetry Business, published 2019). Her poetry has been published in places like The North, Magma and Oxford Poetry, and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith|Doorstep), More Fiyah (Cannongate) & Surfing the Twilight (Hive). She won 2020 Womens Poet Prize and was the Sheffield Poet Laureate from 2020-2022. She is a member of Hive poetry collective.