Precious Williams is an author and journalist. Her first book is a memoir called Precious (titled Color Blind in the US) – published in paperback by Bloomsbury in August 2011
Precious is a true story about growing up black in a white family. USA Today called it “a startlingly powerful memoir that upends every expectation about race, class, gender and ambition.”
Precious’s story has been featured on Sky News, BBC’s The Big Questions, Channel 4, Channel 5 News and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, and in the Daily Telegraph, Grazia & the Guardian. Her memoir was also serialized in The Times and a German translation of the book, titled Farbenblind, was published in October 2010.
Precious’s writing was first published aged eight when her poem took first prize in a poetry competition (she won £2). Since then she has been a Contributing Editor at Elle, Cosmopolitan and the Mail on Sunday’s ‘Night & Day’ magazine. Precious’s work has also been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Glamour, The Times, Marie Claire, the Sunday Times Magazine, Korean Vogue, New York magazine, Wallpaper and several other publications. Her journalism focuses on health and lifestyle features and celebrity interviews. Notable interviewees include Jon Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, Yoko Ono, Destiny’s Child, P Diddy, Bryan Ferry, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Ali G.
Born in the UK, Precious is of Sierra Leonean and Nigerian descent and she has lived in London and in New York. She studied English Language & Literature at Oxford and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Periodical Journalism from the London College of Printing.
Precious has lectured on cultural identity, journalism and creative writing at universities in the UK and US. She has also given motivational talks on triumphing over adversity.
She is an Ambassador for the charity Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, she lives in London and is working on her second book, a novel.
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