Nii Ayikwei Parkes



at Queens College

at Queens College London

Because of my background in Drama (secondary school and university), comfort in large crowds (seven years in a mixed boarding school), and natural rapport with kids (my mother ran a nursery where I worked as a youth), I consider myself a rather versatile workshop leader and performer.

Although I have worked in a lot of schools, I am still a student. I continue to learn the arts of teaching, mentoring and performance by watching writers I admire and getting advice from some of the most talented and humble writers in the business like Georgia Popoff, Stazja McFayden, Peter Kalu (my first mentor), Courttia Newland (my fist fiction mentor) and Atukwei Okai (Ghana’s foremost poet who encouraged me to make the transition to full-time writing).

I have helped run worshops for both teachers and students in the UK, US and in Ghana and I am keen to continue doing so.

I lead workshops in both poetry and fiction, and often in performance and lyric writing. I also do several readings and Q&A sessions.

List of Schools I’ve Visited

This list is not complete as I’ve visited/worked with 100s of schools. I’ll add on to it as and when I can. I’m working on it. If I’ve visited your school and you’re not on the list you can send me a quick reminder and I’ll put it on.

  • Baden Powell Primary School
  • Beacon Hill Primary School, Surrey
  • Beaumont School, St Albans
  • Bishop Douglass High School
  • British International School, Bratislava
  • Cranford Park Primary School
  • Culloden Primary School
  • Daubeney Primary School
  • Drayton Green Primary School
  • Gainsborough Primary School
  • Hardley School & Sixth Form
  • Haverstock School, London
  • Haymoor Middle School
  • Kelmscott School, London
  • Kings Langley School, Kings Langley
  • Kingsford Community School, London
  • Kingsmead Primary School
  • Lewisham Bridge School, London
  • Newlands Girls’ School
  • Parks School, North Hull
  • Queens College London
  • Robinsfield School
  • Rockmount School
  • Rosendale Primary School
  • Rushmore Primary School
  • St Martin-In-the-Fields High School
  • Southwold Primary School
  • Stoke Newington School, London
  • Swanlea School, London
  • Whitmore Primary School
  • Winton School, London


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