‘I hate to hear you talk about women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.’ Beautiful and thought provoking, Rational Creatures uses poetry performance to explore the diverse female voices throughout Austen’s work. Showcasing her timeless wit and relevance today, it celebrates how she empowered generations of women to write, to think and to speak.
Tickets: £8 Adult, £6 Student (with SU card)
Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF
Polly is a 19 year old poet currently working as Bath Young Poet Laureate. One of the South-West’s finest young talents performing on a wide range of themes, alternating effortlessly from humour and wit to sincere and moving, she is bound to take you on a journey. She is one third of the National slam winning team. She has worked with the BBC and performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, and at festivals such as Shambala and Edinburgh fringe.
Claire Guest is a poet, studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. She has performed at festivals including the Bath and Cheltenham literature festivals, and Edinburgh Fringe. Claire was the Birmingham Young Poet Laureate 2012/2013. She has recently set up a poetry group at her university, and took the first ever Bath University team to UniSlam this year.
Beth first began performing in the hilltop village of East Harptree, reciting shy poems to disinterested cows. Still grounded in mud and rooted in trees, her poetry lives under the skin of storytelling and celebrates the resilience of human relationships. Part of the team behind Milk Poetry, Beth believes in the power of Spoken Word to connect people with each other and their environment. Beth tours festivals and events around the country as Poetry Machine, typewriting bespoke live poetry.
Her first collection, ‘My Cloth-Eared Heart’ (2017) is published by Oversteps Books, and her second will be published by Burning Eye Books in late 2018. She has performed at WOMAD, the Bristol Harbour Festival, and at Poetry night across the UK. Her full length poetry show (confusingly also called My Cloth-Eared Heart) has been showcased at the Edinburgh fringe, Wolves Lit Fest and will be shown at Barnstable Fringe in June.
She came second Bristol Poetry Festival Slam in 2014 and 2017, and represented Bristol at the Hammer and Tongue 2016 and the superheroes of slam 2017 National Finals.
Josie Alford is a Bristol-based poet. She runs monthly slams with Hammer and Tongue and part of the national slam winning team that represented Bristol. She is currently studying the MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and is interested in the relationship between page and performance.
One half of the organisers of the new event Poetry+, part of the team behind To Be Frank and one fifth of the team which placed second in Unislam 2018, she has been performing regularly since the end of 2016 at local events. She writes about all angles of love, gender and generational issues, with emotional and evocative language. She is described by her peers as “nice” and “needs to stop writing about stars”.
Growing up the most (reluctantly) ‘exotic’ girl in a quiet Devon town, Malaika Kegode cut her teeth as a poet and performer opening for bands in music venues such as Exeter Cavern and LeftBank, sometimes in trepidation but usually winning the audience’s attention with her beguiling delivery. Since those beginnings she has gone on to work closely with organisations such as Apples and Snakes, Roundhouse and BBC 1Xtra and is a member of the Raleigh Road Collective, formed as part of 1Xtra’s Words First initiative. Malaika has performed around the country at theatres, music venues, literary events and festivals such as WOMAD and Boomtown. She inspires young people as a workshop facilitator. Currently living in Bristol, where she feels happily less ‘exotic’, she is creator and host of Milk Poetry, a regular thriving event in the city. Her debut collection Requite is now available from Burning Eye Books.