First job is an honour for new Lancaster University chief

SuAndi with Lancaster University chancellor Alan Milburn

SuAndi with Lancaster University chancellor Alan Milburn

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An internationally acclaimed poet has been awarded an honorary degree from Lancaster University for her outstanding contribution to British art.

SuAndi is a performance poet, whose works include poetry, prose and librettos and has published numerous collections of poetry.

She was presented with the honorary degree by Alan Milburn as one of his first tasks as the university’s new Chancellor.

On receiving the honour, SuAndi said: “This honorary degree illustrates that Lancaster University values voices outside of academia and for me as a self-taught poet and writer it is my Oscar.”

SuAndi has a strong association with Lancaster University, both through her work with Theatre Studies and the AHRC-funded ‘Moving Manchester’ research project, which explored how migration has informed Manchester’s literary scene since the 1960s.

Born of Nigerian and British heritage, she was a dancer and a model before becoming a performance poet in 1985. She has also worked in live art, touring and lecturing nationally and internationally.

Voluntary Cultural Director of the National Black Arts Alliance since its formation in 1985. She received an OBE in 1999 .