14/09/2017 – Poetry Island Performance Poetry ftr Megan Beech
Ian Beech will be delighted to host and perform alongside a full cast of talented performance poets from across the South West plus star headliner, Megan Beech.
Megan Beech has lived with mental illness for the last six years of her life.
She is also a performance poet. She was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2011. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published in 2013, chronicling her experience as a young feminist and the fight for female voices to be presented in mainstream media.
She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and the Evening Standard’s list of ‘Ten 21st Century feminist icons’. She made a film with the BBC for the iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit’. Her work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and Grazia magazine.
Her new book ‘You Sad Feminist’ is published by Burning Eye Books on 18 August 2017:
“This is wonderful, both sad and inspirational. I sincerely wish there wasn’t a glass ceiling, but at least having Megan Beech to throw stones at it seems some compensation!”
Professor Mary Beard
“Megan Beech is one of the powerful voices of young feminism today – giving a voice to a new generation of women growing up, examining the status quo and finding it wanting.”
Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism
“The Voice of Youth. A modern day feminist icon you need to know about.”
The Evening Standard
“When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard by student slam-poet sensation Megan Beech, is a vibrant and exciting exploration of gender inequality, modern feminism and what it means to be a young woman in the 21st century.”
“Fantastic […] More power to your elbow, Megan (and your tongue!)”
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts at 8pm
Reserve your seats via email ianbeechpoetry@btinternet.