Lawrence Hoo is a poet and educator based in Bristol.
His work is known for throwing a powerful light onto the overlooked experiences of those living in Bristol’s under supported communities. It also evokes the inspiring, under-celebrated histories which are the inheritance of Bristol’s immigrant communities.
After a youth spent in and out of the care system, Lawrence developed an uncompromising poet voice, and a calling for working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who experiences he had lived himself.
Through his work Lawrence has engaged with disadvantaged children of all age groups in Bristol’s schools as wells within the United Nations Habitat programme, the YMCA, Kids Company Academy, and the Bath NE Somerset Virtual School.
As an independent artist and entrepreneur, Lawrence has continually invested in the Bristol community he was raised in, and over the last two decades Lawrence has forged new connections between parties in the public sector in Bristol and the people who are most overlooked.
As a public speaker Lawrence urges social change in Bristol and agitates for positive change. He is a member of the University of Bristol’s Diversity Advisory Board.
Through his own company Inner City Tales, Lawrence has published three poetry collections:
Inner City Tales (2006), Hoostory (2011), and CARGO (2019)
Inner City Tales (2006)
St Pauls Kuumba Centre
The Wilder Street Art Gallery
Ujima Radio’s poet in residence (2016)
MTM Award for Services to the Arts in Bristol
RISE Award for Arts, Community and Entertainment