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General Prices: Free

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Women and non-binary poets, and their poeting friends, are invited to a special afternoon of activities. Babes in arms are welcome, and a private space is available for feeding, changing and crashing out if needed.

In this round-table discussion, poet and PhD student Katie Ailes will share some of her research into the work of female spoken word artists in the UK, and talks about her own experiences as a female poet in a mixed spoken word collective. Are women considered more authentic than men in an artform that celebrates confessional styles of poetry? And are they being pressured to represent their gender, or reject stereotypes of womanhood? Join the discussion!

Katie Ailes is currently completing a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow focused on the performance of authentic selfhood in UK spoken word culture. As a poet, Katie co-organises and performs with the collective Loud Poets. She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and was published in the House of Three anthology series in 2016.

Other activities happening on this afternoon that you may be interested in are Deranged Poetesses: We think back through our mothers, a poetry workshop with Carmen Marcus, and Deranged Poetesses: Mother Tongues by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, a set of four films. Check them out!

And of course don’t forget the main event, Deranged Poetesses: Mothers, happening on Saturday evening!