Sit back and enjoy the rhymes, rhythms and raps of the Women in Focus Poetry Hour!
With lyrics that can touch your soul, open your mind and split your sides, these incredibly talented women are some of the most exciting poets and spoken word artists performing in the UK today.
Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. Trained in stage management, filmmaking and performance, she enjoys working across and combining disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. She has performed at numerous arts festivals and cultural spaces including: Glastonbury Festival, Berlin International Literature Festival, Vault Festival, Chelsea Theatre, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Richmix, Wilton’s Music Hall, Battersea Arts Centre, The Southbank Centre, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Musicbox Lisbon, Es Balluard Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Photographer’s Gallery.
Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Romford, Essex. She has been a resident artist for both Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, where she has developed and performed exciting new work blending spoken word, theatre and movement. She has performed her poetry extensively across the UK and collaborated with prestigious venues such as The Albany, Bristol Old Vic, Richmix and Southbank Centre, as well as popular spoken word artists Polarbear, Scroobius Pip, John Berkavitch and Kate Tempest.
Nikky is a little bit strange…She wants to become a storybook. Since 2015 she has been trying and failing to become a book – bending herself into pieces of origami, eating spaghetti soup and sniffing encyclopaedias – fail!
Watch her ‘pop up’ as she showcases her adventure so far through poetic ponderings whilst inviting you to write your way in.
Previous appearances at She Says, Forest Of The Imagination and MMU Playful Learning Conference.
Michelle Mangal is a writer and poet from London. That Gleaming Moment- Notes on Survival is her first play, exploring surviving everything life can throw at you – heartbreak, anxiety and unusual childhoods.
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