Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

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Baroness Floella Benjamin was born in Trinidad and came to England as a 10 year old in 1960. She left school at 16 with the aim of becoming Britain’s first ever black woman bank manager but soon realised her true passion was for the arts. Her subsequent career included acting, broadcasting, entrepreneurship, writing and eventually, sitting in Britain’s House of Lords. She is an active advocate for the welfare, care and education of children throughout the world.

She has written over 30 books including Coming to England, which is taught in schools in social and cross-curricular areas. Its follow-up, The Arms of Britannia, was published in 2009 together with her picture book, My Two Grandads.

Coming to England was adapted as an award winning film.