Hannah Pool is a journalist, author and commentator who writes regularly in the national media on gender, race and identity. A Guardian journalist for over 14 years with stints as the Guardian Weekend’s Beauty editor for five years; during which time she wrote the hugely successful ‘New Black’ column which was the first beauty column for women of colour in a mainstream newspaper. Hannah penned her debut book; ‘My Fathers’ Daughter: A story of family and belonging’; a memoir of her journey back to Eritrea to find her birth family.
We caught up with her to see why she was part of the summer edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation:
What interested you in taking part in the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation?
The panelists at I’mPOSSIBLE are always full of insight and experience, but what makes it different to any other event is the audience. I’mPOSSIBLE is chance to engage with a room full of talented, creative, inspirational black women, what more could you want?
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
I’m looking forward to being inspired by some great women, and to the magic that happens when black women share their knowledge and experience in the spirit of sisterhood.
What do you hope the audience will take away from the event?
Contacts, practical advice and a sense of how powerful we are when we come together. Oh, and it’s always a great place to pick up ideas for your next hairstyle.
Who on the panel are you most looking forward to meeting/ sharing ideas with?
I’m a huge fan of Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, we shared a table at a dinner for International Women’s day earlier this year, her passion for science is infectious.