Yrsa Daley-Ward

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is an actor, writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father.

    She was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. Drawing heavily on her own experiences and issues affecting today’s society, Yrsa interweaves each discipline to fuse poetry with theatre, music and storytelling and has been writing for as long as she can remember.

    Her debut collection of short stories ‘On Snakes and Other Stories’, was published by 3:AM Press in October 2013. Yrsa’s acting film and TV credits include Shameless C4, David is Dying (SAR Productions), Death Race (Universal Pictures)’Gun’ (Tricycle Theatre) and ‘The Cook’ Senator Films.

    Yrsa has built up a following touring internationally as a spoken word poet in conjunction with the British Council and has produced works exhibited by the Tate Modern, Apples and Snakes and Film Poem. Yrsa has peformed her work at several theatre and performance spaces in London including the Soho and Lyric theatre, Rich Mix and the Albany.

    Yrsa began to perform her poetry regularly while living and working as a model in Cape Town, where she said she ran away to when disillusioned with London life one winter. After a long break from writing, once there, she quickly became a regular on the poetry scene.

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