We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a very special That’s What We Said at Leeds Poetry Festival this year!
Join us on Wednesday 12th July 6.45-8pm at Hyde Park Book Club for an evening with special guests Alice Godliman, Crow Rudd plus a rare performance from our co-director Jo Flynn! A short open mic will also be open to performers who do not identify as cis-men. Sign up here.
Open micers will be chosen at random out of those who sign up. We strongly encourage you to attend the event in case there are any no-shows and you can step in!
Alice Godliman (she/her) is a pushcart nominated poet and writer and a self described spooky bitch. She writes about horror, sex, sadness and queerness through the lens of witchcraft, ritual, and the esoteric. Her work can be found in various places, such as in Dear Damsels’ first print anthology and Twist in Time magazine, and her debut chapbook ‘The Book of (seeing past the) Shadows’ was published last year and is described as a ‘bold, bewitching and courageous collection’.
Crow Rudd is disabled nonbinary queer internationally published punk poet, multiple slam champion, events producer and workshop facilitator based in York. Creator and host of Sad Poets Doorstep Club, founder of the UK Trans & Nonbinary Poets Network and workshop facilitator for They//Us. Crow has been published by Slice of the Moon Books, Paper & Ink Literary Zine and Warning Lines, has featured at Manchester Punk Festival, Loud & Queer Arts Festival and Leeds LGBT+ Lit Fest, and has headlined Punk in Drublic, Switchblade and Incite!. Their debut collection i am a thing of rough edges is available from Whisky & Beards Publishing.
After winning the Roy Fisher Prize for poetry, endorsed by the Poet Laureate, Jo Flynn’s debut poetry pamphlet Swallowing Sand was published and she’s since been featured at the National Poetry Library in London for short form poetry, shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize at Cambridge University, and published by the likes of Dear Damsels, Mookychick, and The Signal House Edition as well as invited to read internationally.
Jo has developed and teaches a poetry course with Write Like A Grrrl and offers editing and feedback on poetry to individual writers. With an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing and working closely with artists and writers across Manchester with Manchester City of Literature, Jo just hopes to make sense of the world with words. And dogs.
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.