Clarke is a poet, writer and storyteller. Through her storytelling she brings
human rights alive. She is the author of several stories, poems and books. Her
last book is They call me Hottentot Venus, which is the story of an
indigenous South African woman who was trafficked in 1810, thinking she was
going to Europe to be a nursery maid, ending up in exhibition halls in London
and in Paris.
Monica also writes poetry through which she brings human rights alive. She is a
keen short story writer.
She educates organisations to fulfil their equality, diversity and inclusion
agendas, helping them to engage with their communities in novel ways, so as to
improve services. She has worked at both board level and in the community,
having herself been a family carer and a foreign national, and she uses her
knowledge about the needs of excluded communities to help establishments fulfil
their community engagement duties.
She has a long history of working with communities in the UK, having supported
bodies such as the NHS, National Audit Office and Centre for Involvement in
England, to include the voice of their service users in their services.
She now also works with HM Prison Service, supporting their Equality & Diversity
Agendas through workshops and talks.
Her work is enriched by her own experiences as a refugee in the UK, which she
relates through storytelling to learners in classrooms and workshops. Her
experience in community work started with the underground African National
Congress (ANC) during apartheid in South Africa.
See more about Monica at:
SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION 2011 | CLOSING DATE:
Roger Elkin, author of Fixing Things
£500 (1st), £250 (2nd) £125 (3rd) 5 x £25 (High Commendation.
£5 per poem.
Enter competition here >>