Valerie Mason-John

Editor of The Great Black North: Queenie

Dr Mason-John is an award winning writer. Her first novel Borrowed Body  (renamed the Banana Kid) won the Mind Book of the Year Award, and was named the British Color Purple by the UK media. She began her writing career as an international correspondent covering Australian Aboriginal Land Rights and Black Deaths in custody, Sinn Fein Prisoners in Northern Ireland, political unrest, education, and the arts. She is the author of four non fiction books, one award winning novel, and a collection of poetry, prose and plays, as well as having several plays produced. She has just completed her second novel (unpublished) The War Done Done (Memoried), and is currently working on her third.

She has edited two poetry anthologies, Bleeding My Soul published by Collage Arts, and Who Am I published by Elizabeth Garret High School, she has also contributed to several poetry and short story anthologies. Her poetry has been exhibited at all the major galleries in the UK including the National Portrait gallery, and two of her poems are permanent installations in the UK.

Mason-John was born in the UK and transracially raised in white orphanages and white foster homes. She is the descendant of slaves from Freetown in Sierra Leone on her biological mother’s side, and her biological father’s side are Mc Carthys, some of whom were in Nova Scotia during the 1700s and returned to Africa and Caribbean in the 1800s. She has been part of the Canadian community for 5 years, and considers herself a new African Canadian connecting to her ancestors.

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