Femi Keeling

Femi Keeling is a British Caribbean playwright and theatre maker born in London, and based in Surrey.

Femi started her career performing flash fiction on London’s spoken word scene before becoming the Dickens 2012 Young Writer in Residence in February 2012. In January 2016, Speaking Volumes named Femi as one their 40 Stars of Black British Literature and in 2017 she featured in their brochure Celebrating British Writers of Colour.

The Achalasia Diaries, a documentary about the development of Femi’s chronic illness and her decision to pursue her writing career, aired on BBC Radio 4 in June 2015 and was a selected BBC Radio 4 Highlight of the Week. Femi went on to host the BBC Radio 4 podcast, Seriously, from February to October 2016.

Femi’s solo theatre show, How to Die of a Broken Heart, was developed with support from Battersea Arts Centre and Talawa Theatre Company.  Written and performed by Femi, and directed by Jerwood Directors Award recipient Yael Shavit, How to Die of a Broken Heart toured various theatres across the UK, including Brighton Dome, Oxford Playhouse, and Soho Theatre.

Her first full length play, I Am Not There, was developed with support from Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre, and The Carne Trust. A rehearsed reading of the play was featured at the Talawa Firsts Festival in June 2017.

Femi is a 2017 alumna of the BBC Writers Room group London Voices and was a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective. She is also a voice over artist signed to agency Another Tongue; her credits include Amazon, Red Bull and Nivea.

Femi believes in the transformative power of the arts in criminal justice settings and sits on the Board of the Koestler Arts.