Hannah is available to speak, chair and contribute to panels on the following subjects:
Race, culture and Identity
Fashion, beauty and the politics of style
Africa and the diaspora
Inter country/inter racial adoption
Journalists, author and commentator Hannah Pool writes regularly in the national media on gender, race and identity.
A Guardian journalist for over 14 years, now freelance, Hannah’s work appears in The Guardian, The Times, Grazia, Arise magazine and others.
During her time at the Guardian, Hannah interviewed everyone from Pamela Anderson, to Annie Lennox. Other interviewees include: Adele, Frank Skinner, Elle Macpherson, Zhaha Hadid, Paulo Coelho and Kelly Brook.
Hannah was the Guardian Weekend’s beauty, wellbeing and relationships editor for five years, during which time she also wrote the hugely successful New Black column, the first beauty column for women of colour in a mainstream newspaper. Hannah also wrote a ‘City Lives’ column for the London Evening Standard for a year.
Born in Eritrea, Hannah was adopted from an orphanage in Asmara aged 6 months and came to the UK (via Sudan and Norway) when she was 6 years old.
Hannah’s book, My Fathers’ Daughter: A story of family and belonging is a memoire of her journey back to Eritrea to find her birth family. Published in the UK (Hamish Hamilton), the US (Free Press), France, and Holland to critical acclaim, Hannah’s book was described by the Washington Post as “a significant and moving book.”
Hannah was recently the subject of CNN’s African Voices, a half hour interview looking at her writing career to date.
Hannah’s public speaking engagements have included: TedXEuston on Africa discovery and rediscovery, the V&A museum (What is Afropolitan?) and the Southbank Women of the World festival. Hannah has read at the London, Edinburgh and Port Elliot Literature festivals.
Hannah has also appeared on BBC Breakfast, judged the Grazia beauty awards and presented numerous videos for the Guardian’s website.
Hannah’s radio credits include: Radio 4 (Women’s Hour, Start the Week, Broadcasting House), BBC Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine) and BBC Radio London.
Hannah is chair of the board of UKFeminista and features editor of Arise magazine, a high-end global African fashion and lifestyle
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