oluwalanaire aderemi FRSA

lanaire aderemi FRSA is a poet, playwright and performer. her play ‘ an evening with verse writer’ won the 2019 shoot festival artist development award and was commissioned by warwick arts centre and funded by arts council england in october. lanaire’s work on memory and black feminist history has appeared in publications like vogue, elle and paper. lanaire has facilitated workshops at tate modern, stoke newington school and warwick university and was one of 30 poets commissioned by coventry city of culture.


university of warwick ma (writing)  
modules include: screenwriting, writing poetry, writing fiction

university of warwick ba (sociology), first class honours (2017-2020) 
awards: peter gutkind prize for best dissertation (2020) , warwick europe bursary award(2019), iatl performance grant(2019), international conference of undergraduate research presenter(2018-2019)​ recipient of undergraduate research support grant​

work experience

Writer,  Coventry City of Culture  (2019-2020) 

  • Selected as one of 30 Poets for Coventry City of Culture #HumansofCov Campaign 
  • Adapted excerpt of a play titled ‘The Future Show’ by Deborah Pearson into a radio drama 

Workshop Facilitator, Warwick University Theatre Department, Africa Writes & African Women Playwrights Network (2019) 

  • Worked collaboratively with staff and students to lead engaging workshops centred on raising the profile of African Playwrights in Stoke Newington School, London 
  • Supported young people through the rehearsal process leading up to a showcase attended by the community 

Editorial Intern, Cassava Republic (2019) 

  • Represented Cassava Republic and its activities at events such as book launches and student outreach programmes 
  • Read and assessed manuscripts and submissions of fiction and non-fiction work 
  • Researched and created innovative marketing opportunities targeted at young people 

Writer, Producer and Director of play, ‘you did not break us’, (2018) 

  • Worked with the marketing team and liaised with execs from societies to gain publicity to achieve an attendance of over 300 students from across the UK 
  • Organised rehearsals and worked closely with the make-up and fashion team, backstage crew and ushering team to ensure the 3 screenings between the 27th of February and the 3rd of March were a huge success 
  • Fundraised costumes and props and auditioned actors for the play

President of Warwick Anti-Sexism Society (2018-2019) 

  • Worked with a team to build the society’s profile through a more representative logo change and organising student-led events like reading clubs, chill outs and workshops that built relationships between students 
  • Planned an interdisciplinary styled event with team which involved talks by speakers, a site-specific art exhibition and poetry performances which were well received by members 

screenwriting / playwriting

  • an evening with verse writer: a documentary by lanaire aderemi (February)
  • The Future Show, Coventry City of Culture (April)
  • #makeadifferenceBBC (April) 
  • Brotherhood(April) 
  • an evening with verse writer​, Bite-Size Festival, Warwick Arts Centre (January)
  • change your style, Brooklyn Brothers x Yellowzine Graduate Show, Nike Labs, London (November)
  • an evening with verse writer,Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (October)*
  • an evening with verse writer​, Shoot Festival, Coventry (Winner of Artist Development Award) (April)


  • an evening with verse writer​, Blacktress, Tristan Bates Theatre, London (December)
  • you did not break us​, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham (February)
  • an evening with verse writer​, Shoot Festival, Coventry ( winner of Artist Development Award)​(​April)


  • Resident Artist, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham (October)
  • Poetic Theatre Makers,Birmingham Rep Theatre x Apple Snakes, Birmingham (October)
  • an evening with verse writer,​ Blacktress, Tristan Bates Theatre, London (December)a



  • Humanista for Theatre Absolute (January)


  • Poetry Reading, End Sars Instagram Live (November)
  • Poetry Reading, Remember When We Were Not Beautiful, Mini Mood, London (August)
  • Poetry Reading, Words of Warwick Anthology Launch, Coventry (March)
  • Change Your Style Festival, Coventry ( February )


  • Poetry Reading, AfroLit Society, Bristol (October)
  • Poetry Performance, When Will You Let Yourself See, London (September)
  • Poetry Reading, London (September)
  • Poetry Performance, Sunday School , The Hair Appointment, London (August)
  • a collection about nothing​ss 19, bloke x verse writer, alára, lagos (july)
  • Poetry Performance, ASSEMBLY, Tate Modern (June)
  • Poetry Performance, The Guilty Feminist Live , Warwick Arts Centre (May)
  • #HumansofCov,​Coventry City of Culture (April)
  • Poetry Performance, INTERSECT, London School of Economics, London (March)
  • Poetry Performance, Sankofa, Nottingham (February)
  • Poetry Performance, Warwick Africa Summit Networking Evening, Coventry (January)
  • BBC West Midlands Radio (January)


  • Poetry Reading, the good book swap, London (December)
  • Poetry Performance, Chapter One, Manchester (November)
  • Poetry Performance, Mojokojo Pop Up Shop, London (August)
  • an evening with verse writer​open mic night, Coventry (June)
  • you did not break us​, Freshblood Fest, Warwick University, Coventry (March)


  • Poetry Performance, Feel The Music Festival, Lagos (December)
  • Poetry Performance, Lucid Lemons Festival, Lagos (August)
  • Poetry Reading, Botanical Fusion Exhibition, Imperial Arts Audio Gallery, Letchworth Garden City (June)



  • So you Want to Excel Academically, Online Workshops ( Nov )
  • So you want your Poetry Published ( July)
  • Amazing Women Conversation, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry ( April )
  • Sociological Imagination and Poetry, Warwick University( February )


  • Assembly, Tate Modern, London ( June )
  • Africa writes & African women playwrights network , Stoke Newington School (April)
  • Deconstructing ‘You Did Not Break Us’ , Warwick University ( February )
  • Black History , Cardinal Pole School, London ( October )
  • Sociological Imagination and Poetry, Warwick University ( November )



  • arts council england grant ( story story festival )
  • peter gutkind prize for best sociology dissertation ( warwick university )
  • undergraduate research support scheme ( warwick university)


  • arts council england grant ( an evening with verse writer )
  • warwick university europe bursary award ( venice biennale)
  • artist development award (shoot festival)
  • institute for advanced teaching and learning performance grant ( warwick university )