I. Woman. Other.

05 March 2018 1.00 - 2.30pm Keele Hall - Old Library
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A workshop for women with poets Gabriella Gay and Leah Thorn. 

Monday 5th March - The Old Library, Keele Hall 1.00 - 2.30pm. Refreshments from 12.45.

This personal and inspiring workshop is an opportunity to try out some writing activities which will explore your identity and voice as a woman. You don't need to have experience of writing poetry, just a willingness to take a risk or two and to play with words.

To book your place at the WORKSHOP, please click on the BOOK EVENT button below.



Intertwining, counterpointing and supporting each other’s words, two powerful women poets dialogue about what unifies them as women and what it means to reach across difference.

Monday 5th March - The Old Library, Keele Hall 5.30 - 6.30pm. Refreshments from 5.15.

Leah is a spoken word poet and activist , published through performance, film and anthologies in England and the United States. At the heart of her poetry is the autobiographical exploration of identity and issues of liberation.

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In collaboration with filmmaker Clare Unsworth, Leah has produced two short poetryfilms, that have been screened internationally at feminist film festivals. ‘count’ is about everyday sexism and ‘shhh!’ about the silencing of women through violence and sexual exploitation.
Leah leads workshops in prisons that use poetry as provocation and witness. In 2012 she undertook a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, visiting women's correctional facilities across the United States with dance and theatre companies and in 2013 she received a Royal Society for Public Health Special Commendation Award for her contribution to Creative Arts and the Criminal Justice System.
Leah is an International Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University and a recent ILAS Visiting Fellow at Keele University www.leahthorn.com.

Gabriella is a mother, teacher, business owner and writer who channels her feelings about relationships, responsibility, identity, home and the everyday into passionate poems full of colour and rhythm.

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Aged eighteen GKA Gay moved to Staffordshire to read English Literature and Psychology at Keele University; she left with a first class degree and a newborn baby. She was nominated for Student of the year 2007.
Born in Trinidad, raised in London but made in Stoke-on-Trent she is the founder of Stoke's roaming poets, organiser of the first Stoke Slam, a trustee at the New Vic Theatre, a cultural advocate for Stoke-on-Trent and the former local poet in residence for Roundhouse London's Voices Nationwide project. Since performing at An English Trip, John Doran’s book tour event in 2015, GKA Gay has been commissioned to write and perform for a wide range of festivals, events, art exhibitions, shows and schools within the West Midlands. Her poem was used to launch the celebration of Stoke-on-Trent's bid to become The City of Culture 2021.

This will also be taking place in the Old Library. To book your place at the PERFORMANCE, please click here.


For Further Details Contact

Jo Flynn: 01782 734434

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