Lola Young, Baroness of Hornsey

Lola Young, Baroness of Hornsey was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.

Former actor, professor of Cultural Studies, and Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority, Baroness Lola Young has written and broadcast extensively on a wide range of cultural issues. She has served on the boards of several national cultural organisations including the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre, as well serving as a Commissioner for Historic England. Baroness Young has Chaired the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize.

In 2004 Lola was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords where she works on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, Co-Chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. Lola is Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London, and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.


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