Attillah Springer is a Trinidad born writer, stickfighter in training and has been a flag woman for Phase 2 Pan Groove and 3 Canal’s Jouvay band. She also DJs under the name Tillah Willah.
She read for a BA in Media and Communication from University of the West Indies, Mona. It was while engaging inner city residents on the issue of skin bleaching that she developed an interest in using media for advocacy and activism particularly for those whose voices remain silenced by mainstream agendas.
She wrote a column covering a range of social, environmental and women’s issues for the Trinidad Guardian since 2002.
In London she has worked with the London Language and Literacy Unit’s programmes in migrant communities, empowering parents’ indigenous knowledge to engage their children with the English educational system. She also worked as a media volunteer with the Crossroads Women’s Centre run by Selma James wife of the late Trinidad born Pan African scholar CLR James.
Ms. Springer is an environmental activist and has organized events around industrialisation versus sustainability in rural Trinidad since 2005 using Carnival and other indigenous festival arts as forms of protest or awareness building. In July 2007 she represented local environmentalists at the Global Impacts of Heavy Industry Conference in Reyjavik, Iceland.
She remains an active part of the global movement to keep the lines of communication around environmental issues open across grassroots communities in South Africa, Iceland, India and Trinidad and Tobago and is a member of Foil Vedanta, a UK based campaign against Indian mining giant Vedanta plc.
As a journalist she has worked as producer/presenter and Head of News for Gayelle TV and as part of the Carnival coverage team for TV4.
She has also written for Caribbean Beat and Another Magazine, and has done commissioned pieces on Trinidad for critically acclaimed British artist Chris Ofili’s Tate Britain Retrospective and multimedia artist Zak Ove’s continued explorations of Afro Futurism in sculpture.
She is also a Director of Idakeda Group a collective of women in her family creating cultural interventions for social change especially among women and youth in socially vulnerable communities in Trinidad and Tobago and has worked extensively as a workshop facilitator and coordinator on a variety of projects.