Monika Richards

Monika with a young man at a table smiling

Akila (Monika) Richards is a performance poet and published writer of German and Liberian heritage. Akila sees writing and performance as an act of activism to hear stories and voices from the margins. As such she has worked in a variety of community and educational settings. Akila was a founder of a theatre group with a well received play “Where are you Really from?" that led to further commissions to raise issues around belonging and diversity. Her published short story “Eleven Years". by Penguin and poem "Red Saviour” by Peeple Tree in Feb 2010, further explore these issues.

She is currently leading on a funded anthology project with a multi-cultural writers group to be published Waterloo Press and a planned launch November 2013 at Brighton Pavilion. In her professional capacity works in the arts and cultural sector managing a diverse workforce initiative.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with The Pantry and see the young people and children explore their experiences an association with food and find ways to express this artistically."