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Meet Inspirational Local Women

See below just some of the wonderfully talented women that call Lewisham their home and workplace - as part of our International Women's Day 2021 Programme.




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Candice Carty-Williams​

​South London resident Candice Carty-Williams is a writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Queenie. Queenie has been described as 'vital', 'disarmingly honest', and 'boldly political', and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year.

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Cecilia Knapp

​Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and novelist and the current Young People’s Laureate for London. She has shared her writing extensively in the UK and internationally including residencies and performances in Johannesburg and Paris. She’s a former resident artist at The Roundhouse and a Ted X speaker.

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Hilary Cart

Hilary Carty was appointed Director of Clore Leadership in September 2017.

​She started her career in the performing arts, specializing in dance and becoming General Manager of the Adzido Dance Company, before being appointed as Director of Dance for Arts Council England. Following this she was appointed to senior roles in policy development in the Arts Council and contributed to the formation of the cultural programme of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Wozzy Brewster MBE

Wozzy is the Founder | Executive Director of The Midi Music Company (1995), which is a registered music education & talent development charity, providing a creative industries careers advice service (CICAS®).

​Wozzy has supported the career development of various artists/creative entrepreneurs through CICAS®, including The Noisettes, Shingai, Kate Tempest, DJ Ng, Katy B, Clay Morrison (Artist & Producer for roc nation!), Cevanne and Yussef Dayes.

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Beverley Glean

​Beverley Glean has worked in the field of dance, in particular African People’s Dance, for over 20 years, and is Founder and Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre. Her additional work involves researching and acting as choreographer, artistic director, trainer and a mentor to several dance companies and individual artists.

Her commitment has moved appreciation of African People’s Dance from a community activity to its recognition as an art form in its own right.

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Bernardine Evaristo

​Bernardine’s novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019, and in 2020 it won the British Book Award’s Author of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year, as well as the Indie Book Award for Fiction. It was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks, the first woman of colour to achieve this position in the paperback fiction chart, spending 44 weeks in the Top 10.

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