Thursday, 16 March 2017

Feminist Poetry Party, 9th April in Bristol

Sunday 9th April 2017, at Roll for the Soul, 2 Quay Street, Bristol 

from 3 - 6pm

Come join us for an afternoon of feminist poetry, discussion and belly-dancing from some of the West Country's finest poets and performers, including Annie Freud and Rachael Boast. Entry is a recommended donation of £5, with all proceeds going to a local women's charity.

The Persisters is a newly established network of feminist poets and artists. We are intersectional and inclusive. We are concerned about the turning tide in the rights of women and all minorities.

We are harnessing our collective skills as poets, artists and wordsmiths to create community and combat the erosion of hard-won freedoms fought for and earned over many decades.

We want to celebrate, enjoy and secure those gains, and to support the struggle to extend those rights to all women. We believe in art as dialogue, celebration and resistance. We also believe in getting together for a party.

Annie Freud

Annie Freud is a poet, teacher and artist. Her first collection The Best Man That Ever Was (Picador 2007) received a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was awarded the Dimplex Prize for New Writing. The Mirabelles (Picador 2010), was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize. Her third collection was The Remains (Picador 2015) and was also awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Annie Freud has been named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is renowned for her live performances.

Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast was born in 1975. Sidereal (Picador 2011) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize. Pilgrim’s Flower (Picador 2013) was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She was co-editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press). Void Studies (2016) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She lives in Bristol.

The West Country Persisters

Local poets will be performing short sets throughout the event. They are:

Zillah Bowes
Chaucer Cameron
Rachael Clyne
Pey Pey Oh
Jinny Fisher
Dawn Gorman
Deborah Harvey
Morag Kiziewicz
Rowena Knight
Ellie O'Connell
Helen Sheppard
Sue Sims
Shirley Wright

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