The 15th June Words&Words&Words features wild woman poetry with a performative zing. We’ve invited both Sophie McKeand and Stephanie Finegan to join us on the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Performance Theatre stage (aka ’round studio’). As always, to read in the open mic, buy your ticket at the box office and sign up in the Theatre Foyer at 6:30.
Sophie McKeand is from Y Gogledd Cymru, and is the current Young People’s Laureate for Wales. Her work explores Community Artistry: engaging with The Arts to build stronger communities. She won the Out Spoken Innovation in Poetry Award in 2015, was longlisted for the Poetry Society‘s National Poetry Competition in 2014 and was the Poet in Residence at Focus Wales Festival in 2016. Sophie regularly facilitates workshops for organisations such as Literature Wales, Arts Council Wales, Age Cymru and Oriel Wrecsam with a focus on working with marginalised groups in society.
See more: www.sophiemckeand.com and https://vimeo.com/166804393
“Sophie writes poems in which strange, old, true things are forced into contact with the present. They twist and turn and you never get quite what you expect from them, which is what gives them their power… some of the most interesting poems I’ve read in a long while. Genuinely original.” — Paul Kingsnorth
“An allusive, restless sensibility turned outwards to the world; her words have heft, they grasp their way out of poetry into landscape.” — Jay Griffiths
“Stephanie Finegan sings songs and reads verse as though she is the Sybil in Delphi – the High Priestess of Hip. Some of her poetry has an offbeat spirituality to it, reminding me of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl combined with the feminine power of Kate Bush. A wonderful mix of psychedelic stream of consciousness, urban punk, post-beat poetry, psycho-metaphysics with a bit of Zen thrown in for good fun. A lexical ensemble of wonderful diversity, shot through with eclectic imagery and electric metaphors: ‘nothing is supernatural when your mind is truly yours.’” — Michael Dante, Chinwag Poetry
See more: http://stephaniefinegannoise.wordpress.com/ and https://soundcloud.com/stephaniefinegan
Caroline Stockford is a translator of Turkish poetry and literature into English and Welsh. She writes and performs poetry in English and Turkish and will be performing and running workshops at the Radnor Fringe Festival, Llandrindod Wells, 17-19 June. Some of her translations of Turkish poetry and prose can be viewed on the website, Word Prism.
See more: estoniacordfrock.wordpress.com
Amy McCauley’s work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including: Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), Best British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear), The Poetry of Sex (Viking), Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe), Poetry Wales, Magma, The Rialto and The Stinging Fly. Current projects include a collection of poems (Auto-Oedipa) which re-imagines the Oedipus myth and a book of creative/critical essays on violence, language and desire as Kathy Groan. She is Poetry Editor for New Welsh Review.
See more: http://mccauliana.weebly.com/
Words&Words&Words is organised by Mary Jacob and presented in partnership with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jacob using the Contact Form on the Words&Words&Words website: https://wordsandwordspoetry.wordpress.com/contact-form/
Image: Word Love Beads 1 by Julie Jordon Scott, released under Creative Commons licence (CC BY 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott/5888020820