Dean’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger (Westbourne Press, 2013), was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List, and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List.
Dean has performed across the UK at festivals such as Brighton Fringe, Cheltenham Book Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hay Festival, Latitude Festival, Secret Garden Party. He has performed internationally at the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Italy), CrossKultur (Germany), Ordspark (Sweden), Word N Sound (South Africa), International Festival of Authors, PuSh Festival, and Vancouver Writers’ Festival (Canada).
Dean co-produces spoken word night Come Rhyme With Me alongside Deanna Rodger. He is a member of Keats House Poets Forum, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and Scottish BAME Writers. Dean has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern.
His young adult verse-novel, The Black Flamingo (Hodder Children’s Books, 2019), was awarded the Stonewall Book Award 2020, and is shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Jhalak Prize, and YA Book Prize.
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