Brigitte Poirson’s secondary schooling was carried out at the Dole Ursulines in Franche-Comté. She then completed a course for the ENS, before graduating in languages from Dijon University and becoming a qualified high-school teacher for baccalauréat students in France. She occasionally engaged in part-time lecturing activities with her local Chamber of Commerce.
She devoted a few years to lecturing at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, then at Plymouth and Exeter Universities (for degree courses ranging from civil engineering to maritime studies, Law or Sociology…) in England.
Back in France, she added volunteering as a prison visitor and probation officer attached to the local court to her own experience, both as a commitment and as a way to sharpen her understanding of the social problems all educators face daily.
In terms of her writing, Brigitte Poirson’s publications range from poetry to theatre and fiction, composed in French and English, and published in Paris (éd St Germain-des-Prés), New-York and Britain. She has also contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines, has won many awards and has been a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France.
She currently devotes time to promoting African literature. She has founded and published the Via Grapevine series in South Africa with Phinithi Ntelekoa to encourage budding authors, and is an editor with WordsRhymes&Rhythm, Nigeria’s largest online poetry platform created by K. I. Samson along with Authorpedia, his online poetry college and publishing house. Among others, she also works in Nigeria as an editor for Expound magazine and the WRR-Caprecon Green Author Prize.
In France she regularly organises small literary workshops with young poets. Her latest book written with Tony Haynes, “Clair-Obscur Encounters”, has just been published in the USA.
She will co-edit with the Editor-in-Chief – Mutiu Olawuyi
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