Following their trip to Altrincham Word Fest, For Books’ Sake-run new writing showcase That’s What She Said is back at its usual home (when not at the Edinburgh Fringe or London’s Royal Albert Hall, that is). Offering an inclusive space and featuring work by women and non-binary authors, both established and emerging, expect a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more, from fierce, feminist truth, to fierce, feminist fiction.
Curated by FBS founder and director Jane Bradley, the latest event has an announced line-up of three poets, Rebecca Tamás, Liz Ward and Alice Godliman, with more special guests on the night and an open mic you can sign up for in advance.
London-born poet Rebecca Tamás teaches Creative Writing at York St John University. Her first full collection, WITCH, has just been published to critical acclaim by Penned In The Margins and was selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for spring 2019. Rebecca has also published two pamphlets of poetry: 2013’s The Ophelia Letters (Salt Publishing) and 2017’s Savage (Clinic Press); the latter, joint London Review Bookshop pamphlet of the year, and also a Poetry School book of the year.
Rebecca’s work has appeared in The White Review, The Poetry Review, Poetry London and The London Review of Books. She was joint winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize and in 2017 she was the Fenton Arts Trust Emerging Writer. She is co-editor, with Sarah Shin, of Spells: Occult Poetry For The 21st Century, an anthology of UK and US work that features contributions from the likes of Vahni Capildeo and Ursula K Le Guin and came out with Ignota at the end of last year.
Rebecca Tamás’s first full collection, WITCH, has just been published to critical acclaim by Penned In The Margins and was selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for spring 2019
A graduate of the Write Like A Grrrl creative writing course – another of the For Books’ Sake initiatives – Liz Ward is an advocate, activist and spoken word artist, who has performed in venues across London, including The Royal Court, The Arcola and Bunker Theatre. Working in the youth sector, she takes inspiration from the stories around her, and many of her poems deal with the daily issues faced by young people, from crime and gangs to exploitation and feeling lost in the world. Her aim is to shed light on the narratives we sometimes ignore, weaving them together with honesty, hope and humour.
Originally from South London, poet Alice Godliman is now based in Manchester. She only started performing spoken word last year and since her first open mic slot at TWSS, has performed in Manchester and London. As a high-school English teacher, she spends her time either reading and writing, or talking to teenagers about reading and writing. She describes her work as confessional, and say it deals with themes of feminism, body image and the women she has loved, all presented through the lens of mythology or superstition.