Artist, poet and filmmaker Amanda Holiday was born in Sierra Leone and came to live in the UK at the age of 5. She completed a degree in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and exhibited in landmark black art shows across the UK.

Holiday moved into film and scriptwriting – directing short experimental films for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4. Between 2001-10 she lived in Cape Town where she worked in educational TV.

The Art Poems is published as part of the New Generation African Poets chapbook set - Tano by Akashic books (US). Amanda has presented poems from the collection at the PCA ACA conference in San Diego 2017, Herstory4 Feminist Theatre festival, Nasty Women festival and FiLiA Feminist Conferences in London


"The Art Poems: A Creative Presentation"

If artistic subjects could speak – what would they say?

The Art Poems will be a reading of ekphrastic poems inspired by key contemporary artworks and photographs accompanied by slide projection of the relevant images.

The Art Poems probe the social narrative of art history by yoking together unlikely traditions of thought. While interrogating the subjective gaze, the poems present entry points for feminine, personal and artistic collision.

Taking inspiration from works by Zanele Muholi, Paula Rego, Belkis Ayon, Picasso, Donald Rodney, Yinka Shonibare, Gauguin and Lynette Yiadom Boakye among others, the poems range in tone from light to dark, lyrical to graphic, political to surreal and marginal to mainstream.