Actor | Singer | Photographer | Children’s Book Author
***Debut Children’s Book Launch***
“I’ve been sitting on this piece of news for a while now…I recently won a @SCBWI BIPOC scholarship to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators ‘Big 5-Oh!’ conference! It was a five day event filled with tons of presentations by experts in the publishing industry and my award was sponsored by award-winning author @mattdelapena! I was one of the grateful winners of this award. The conference was jam-packed and thank goodness it was all recorded so I’ve now just a few more days more to absorb everything! Thank you Scbwi and Matt de la Pena!
I’m a storyteller and tell my stories through a variety of mediums such as acting, singing, songwriting, photography and more recently children’s picture books. I began writing picture books on the lengthy journeys in our tour bus, when I was playing Winnie Mandela in theatres across Europe in 2019. I wanted to write them so that my toddler could see herself represented as the main character in picture books; a main character that does all the fun, exciting, interesting and ambitious things that her white counterparts do. Only “7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years feature characters of colour”* and this doesn’t reflect the UK’s ethnic diversity. As a teacher for 10 years (Early Years, Primary, SEN, TEFL and Drama), I am passionate about ALL children and their wellbeing, understand the impact of seeing themselves reflected in books - it helps them to grow with confidence and to love and value themselves - vital for healthy development. ALL children should be able to see themselves reflected in stories and should also be reading about children whose lives are different from their own. Whilst the publishing industry in the UK is slowly changing, there are simply not enough of these books out there in the UK or in Sweden where I’m also based. As a storyteller I’m here to contribute to that change…for my own daughter’s sake and for the sake of children like her. News about what I’ve been working on is coming out very soon!”.
*CLPE Reflecting Realities - Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature (November 2020)
Stage & Screen
Annemarie graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London after a 10 year teaching career.
Acting credits include: King Duncan/Lady MacDuff, Macbeth, Lisa Millar, Chiswick Playhouse. Tonya, Ted Lasso (Season 2), Declan Lowney, Warner Brothers. Egeus & Starveling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scott Brooksbank, The Willow Globe. Fay, Host, Lisa Millar, The Space. Winnie, Free Mandela, Paul Stebbings, TNT Theatre/ADG Europe. Herodias, Salomé, Ricky Dukes, Greenwich Theatre. Chorus ensemble, The Magic Flute, Roberto Recchia, Opera på Skäret. Multiple Roles, Scenes from the End of the World, Sarah Davey-Hull, The Yard Theatre. Anfisa, The Three Sisters, Mike Alfreds, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
“Annemarie Anang as Herod’s wife Herodias was the star of the show, delivering an engaging and multi-layered performance.” Gay Times, 2019
“Anang’s depiction of Herodias is by far the most entertaining part of this show as she perfectly presents every side to her malevolent, mordant and maternal character.” A Younger Theatre, 2019
Annemarie began writing for children after struggling to find books for her daughter that featured main characters who reflected the diversity of children in our world. A former primary school teacher, Annemarie’s love for storytelling led her to study acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has performed various roles, most recently King Duncan, Lady MacDuff and the Doctor in a multirole performance at the Chiswick Playhouse in London. Annemarie was awarded the 2021SCBWI/BIPOC writer’s scholarship. A Londoner, born to Ghanaian parents, Annemarie now lives in the Swedish forest with her young daughter, husband and their two adopted cats.
Awards & Features:
Winner of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) BIPOC Scholarship 2021
Awarded The South Square Trust Award 2017
Featured in The Royal Photography Society Journal May 2015
Featured in The Telegraph Dec 2014
Featured on Premier Radio ‘Woman to Woman Hour’ Dec 2014
Featured in Feature Shoot Nov 2014
Featured on BBC Radio 4 ‘You & Yours’ Oct 2014