Dean plans to use his residency at Metal to complete the first draft of his young adult novel in verse The Black Flamingo; a book he would have liked to have read as a teenager coming to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen. Metal looks forward to welcoming him back in October when he will be completing his first draft. At this time he hopes to have work to share and would be keen to get feedback from teenagers, parents/guardians and teachers, as he hopes this is a book that will be welcomed by families and schools alike.
Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One’s The One Show and several times on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and is currently a judge of the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award.
The Black Flamingo will be published by Hodder Children’s Books in August 2019