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Dzifa Benson

Dzifa Benson

Her practice embraces cross art forms and she regularly collaborates with visual artists and musicians

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Dzifa Benson does four main things - writes, performs, curates and coaches. She has read and performed her prose and poetry nationally and internationally including Tate Britain, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Glastonbury Festival, the Houses of Parliament, Lords Cricket Ground and the Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, Paris. She has also performed in conventional and devised theatre at the Battersea Arts Centre and Riverside Studios and is regularly called upon to curate and host spoken word, music and cabaret events in London at venues such as Southbank Centre and Kensal Green Cemetery. Her practice embraces cross art forms and she regularly collaborates with visual artists and musicians. Occasionally, she performs as her alter ego, Sister Siren and loves butter, soup, smoothies and Argentine Tango.

Her work has been featured in Tell Tales Volume 1 anthology of short stories and national tour, the National Gallery website and podcast, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, Philosophy Now magazine, Tears in the Fence literary journal, Jupiter Poetry, Magma Poetry, Time Out and as a playwright, at the Bush Theatre. An experienced workshop facilitator, she has run workshops and masterclasses at the Royal Geographical Society, the British Library, the Poetry Café, for Creative Partnerships in schools, libraries and community organisations across a wide age range and for different learning abilities. Along with fellow writer Naomi Woddis, she set up and runs Word Migrants, a literature consultancy. In November 2007, she was commissioned to take part as a core artist in Africa Beyond’s groundbreaking cross-art, collaborative project, Translations. She was artist-in-residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008 and 2009.


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