An afternoon of feminist poetry, discussion and belly-dancing from some of the West Country's finest poets and performers, including Annie Freud and Rachael Boast.
The Persisters is a newly established network of feminist poets and artists. We are intersectional and inclusive. We are concerned about the turning tide in the rights of women and all minorities.
We are harnessing our collective skills as poets, artists and wordsmiths to create community and combat the erosion of hard-won freedoms fought for and earned over many decades.
We want to celebrate, enjoy and secure those gains, and to support the struggle to extend those rights to all women. We believe in art as dialogue, celebration and resistance. We also believe in getting together for a party.
Annie Freud is a poet, teacher and artist. Her first collection The Best Man That Ever Was (Picador 2007) received a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was awarded the Dimplex Prize for New Writing. The Mirabelles (Picador 2010), was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize. Her third collection was The Remains (Picador 2015) and was also awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Annie Freud has been named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is renowned for her live performances.
Rachael Boast was born in 1975. Sidereal (Picador 2011) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize. Pilgrim’s Flower (Picador 2013) was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She was co-editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press). Void Studies (2016) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She lives in Bristol.
The West Country Persisters
Local poets will be performing short sets throughout the event. They are:
Zillah Bowes; Chaucer Cameron; Rachael Clyne; Pey Pey Oh; Jinny Fisher; Dawn Gorman; Hazel Hammond; Deborah Harvey; Rosie Jackson; Morag Kiziewicz; Rowena Knight; Katie Noonan; Ellie O'Connell; Helen Sheppard; Sue Sims; Shirley Wright.
All proceeds go to Refugee Women of Bristol (www.refugeewomenofbristol.org.uk).