Derica Shields

Derica (duh-REE-kah) Shields is a writer from South London. Her work has appeared in Frieze, Flash Art, and Girls Like Us, and she has received commissions from Turf Projects, Cell Project Space, and Wysing Arts Centre. She is a former Contributing Editor at the New Inquiry and former Story Editor at Rookie. In 2021, A Heavy Nonpresence, her oral history project on Black Londoners’ accounts of the British welfare state, was published by Triple Canopy. Derica is currently working on Bad Practice, a book about the potentials of Black failure, forthcoming from Book Works.