A genre-busting evening of spoken word giving the mic to female poets, MCs and rock goddesses.
Featuring poets from around Kent this is a true celebration of women’s words. From Aphra Behn to Patti Smith and Queen Latifah, women have excelled in the art of using words to take a stand. On this night we shine light on the often underrated talent of women writers and unearth new powerful voices. In the mix will be wordy tunes from a featured DJ, so stick around for a dance.
Things With Words is a spoken word event melding new writing with music and performance, hosted by Ramsgate-based artist Megan Garrett-Jones.
Tickets £8 IN ADVANCE, £10 ON THE DOOR (cash only on the door)
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About the performers…
Megan Beech is a performance poet. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. Her debut collection 'When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard' was published in 2013, and her latest book 'You Sad Feminist' was released in 2017. Her poetry has featured on the Sky One's 'Russell Howard Hour' and the BBC iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit'. She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and Evening Standard's list of 'Ten 21st Century feminist icons'. Her work has been profiled in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and Grazia magazine. She lives with a mental illness too.
Ellie Ward is a writer born and bred in Thanet. Since graduating from university in 2018, Ellie has been performing her poetry across Kent. Ellie’s poetry touches on female friendship, female gaze and queer / heteronormative desire. Her work is heavily located in her regionality and (bi)sexuality. Queer sunsets, orgasms and porn-star martinis all feature. Her poetic technique is playful: Similes are a big deal, and so is humour. Whilst her poetry touches on serious topics, it is always lively and a little bit mischievous. If you don’t laugh, you cry, right?
Neelam Saredia-Brayley is a spoken word poet who writes about gender, culture, identity and sexuality.
She works with illustrators and musicians to create multi-disciplinary pieces that are unique to Kent’s poetry scene, featuring live-drawing and flipchart poetry.
Neelam was the winner of the 2017 Full English Festival Slam, and has performed in several festivals & events across Kent. In 2018, she opened for Canterbury’s Poet Laureate Lemn Sissay at the University of Kent’s Worldfest celebrations.
'utterly compelling...her poetry is emotive and humorous, full of rhythmic and tonal surprises. She is one to watch.' - Lydia McCutcheon, Canterbury Culture