We’re delighted to welcome Derek Owusu to OWN IT! and look forward to representing him across literature, film and tv.
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from North London. Derek discovered his passion for the written word at the age of 23 while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures at the University of Manchester.
In 2016 he linked up with Alex Reads via social media and became part of the multi-award winning literature podcast Mostly Lit. Continuing on this course of podcasting, Derek also produced the well received This Is Spoke podcast for Penguin Random House and Freemantle Media. Derek has written for The Big Issue, The I, Waterstones, The Voice, KnightsOf, Media Diversified and The Book Machine. His essay on Black men and insecurities was the second most read article on Media Diversified in 2018, and his essay on Language was picked up by BBC Newsnight to be turned into a short documentary. He has contributed to What Is Race by Nikesh Shukla and Claire Hutchens, a book for children which explains and explores race and racism, and has had poems published by the Good Journal. Derek has also collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, a timely anthology exploring the experiences of Black men in Britain, due to be published March 7th by Trapeze Books.
He is currently working on a book of poems based on media and life in London called That Reminds Me.