Spoken word poet Leah Thorn will be visiting during May-July 2017 and her academic hosts will be Dr Dana Rosenfeld, School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Keele and Kerry Jones, Keele’s Arts Officer.
Leah is an experienced workshop facilitator, promoting poetry as a tool for self-exploration, self-expression and empowerment. Her workshops are a fusion of spoken word poetry, autobiographical writing, listening exercises and performance skills. Leah’s approach is rooted in her own writing and performance practice, a background in psychology and forty years’ experience of feminism and peer-counselling.
Leah has worked in a wide range of settings, she has a background in psychology and a Masters in Creative Writing and Personal Development and recently completed a Leverhulme Trust artist’s residency at the University of Kent and the England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University.
During her visit Leah, Dana and Kerry will develop a new interdisciplinary project combining poetry workshops with peer counselling to encourage the expression and presentation of women’s aging related experiences and concerns and to build supportive connections in later life.
The project draws upon Leah’s extensive interactive poetry based work with women and brings together creative arts and peer counselling and social-scientific investigations into gender and aging, to explore the potential for uncovering the dynamics of aging and the power of the creative arts to change personal and social lives.
If you would like to know more about the plans for Leah’s visit or would like to meet Leah during her time here as an Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fellow please contact Jo Flynn.