Louisa Adjoa Parker

How to wear a skin

Louisa Adjoa Parker’s latest collection is an exploration of identity. Mostly set in south west England, Parker explores themes including place, race, friendship, motherhood, love, and loss, as well as what’s happening in society today. She takes inspiration from her own story and the imagined stories of others – a boy at a train station; a woman with a tattoo – and weaves them together in her quest to understand our place in a beautiful, yet fractured world...

ISBN 978-1-910834-98-5
70 pages
£9.99 +P&P


Louisa Adjoa Parker writes poetry, fiction and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) history. Her first poetry collection and pamphlet were published by

Cinnamon Press, and her work has been published and performed widely. Louisa has been highly commended by the Forward Prize, and shortlisted by the Bridport Prize. She is of English and Ghanaian heritage and has lived in the south west of England for most of her life.



“'How to Wear a Skin’ asks, what does it mean to grow up mixed-race in a rural English town? As women, how do we raise our children in a hostile environment? Poignant, direct and politically articulate, Louisa Adjoa Parker is that rare poet who writes with simple, bell-like clarity, yet manages to capture the delicate nuance of the complexity around identity and place.”
Karen McCarthy Woolf