The latest TWSS in Bristol.
Jane Claire Bradley
JANE CLAIRE BRADLEY
JaneClaire Bradley is a writer, educator and therapist based in Manchester, writing mostly about being young, queer and working class. She is the winner of the most recent Northern Debut Award from New Writing North, and has been longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and a Young Enigma Award. Jane is also the founder and co-director of For Books’ Sake, and the host of That’s What She* Said in Manchester.
A storyteller first and foremost, Tia Meraki is a Devon based poet, singer and guitar player. She combines her love of words and melody to weave tales ranging from the deeply personal through to the mythological, interlaced with imagery of oceans, rivers and forests. She has been writing and performing on the thriving and creative Bristol scene for the last couple of years, carving out her own unique voice and style and is due to release her debut EP, Compass, in Spring 2020. After a recent realisation that not all poems are destined to be lyrics, she has also returned to her childhood love of writing poetry for its own sake and is working on overcoming the jelly-leg inducing stage fright that accompanies performing on stage without a guitar to shelter behind. She has not had any poetry published since c.1998 but is hoping to change that in 2020.
Sophina is a writer based in Birmingham. She loves playful wordplay and her writing is influenced by her experience as a British Indian Muslim woman with themes of survival, healing, spirituality, rediscovering pleasure, nature and music.
She works in the South Asian arts sector, is a board member of Yugen Arts – a hip hop theatre and dance production company, and is on the Crown Prosecution Service scrutiny panel for hate crime and violence against women and girls. In her spare time, she trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
She’s passionate about social inclusion, understanding how our colonial history impacts the world we live in today and how we can support mental well-being through arts, culture, science, nature and sport. She’s interested in organisations as a force for good, fascinated by science and human behaviour, loves a good story, random acts of kindness and community spirit.
Bridget Hart (they/them) is a writer, performer and creative producer based in the South West.
Bridget has been tearing up DIY punk shows for over a decade, cutting their teeth at feminist punk shows across the country. They have performed at festivals including Boomtown, Shambala, Manchester Punk Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. They have published two collections of poetry, Better Watch Your Mouth (Burning Eye), and Chewing Gum – a queer reimagining of Grease published by Small Press (Tangent Books).
Bridget is the former editor of Burning Eye Books, and continues to help performance artists transfer their work to the page as a freelance mentor. They are the host of For Books’ Sake’s live performance night That’s What We Said and the founder of They//Us.