Amanda Palmer, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author of Bestseller, 'The Art of Asking'
Mental health campaigner and author of
‘Black Rainbow: How words can heal - my journey through depression’
Powerfully rallying against sexual assault and harrassment, a brand new collection of largely new work, from 80 poets; including Jacqueline Saphra, Helen Mort, Kim Moore, and Pascale Petit.
Edited by Deborah Alma.
Foreword by Jess Phillips, MP
Published by Fair Acre Press.
£10. Available from all good bookshops.
All profits in aid of Women's Aid UK
Cover image and design by Sandra Salter
7 B&W illustrations by Jessamy Hawke
Available from all good bookshops around the world
"..like a breath of mist and the silverfish
of my eyes and the skylarks of my hands
and the wolf of my heart, will they all come back
and live here again, now that he’s left,
now I’ve said the word whisper it rape
now I’ve said the word whisper it shame
will my true ones, my wild, my truth,
will my wild come back to me again?"
Kim Moore Extract from When I Open (#MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology)
a little bit about the inspiration for the book, by Deborah Alma
"...in October 2017. I asked women friends of mine to add their name to the thread if they hadn’t experienced any form of sexual harassment in their lives and I was surprised to find that of the 200 women that started to share some of their stories, 2 or 3 said that it had never happened to them...We have shared these stories over and over with our friends, sisters, mothers, partners and sometimes with the police, or in court. It has been the water we swim in as women. But saying something publically has always been difficult and brave. The words stick in our throats, for so many reasons...Something was released and given a space within social media. It was easy to add our voice to the rising shout of #MeToo. We felt the sisterhood. Many women felt emboldened by this to share more difficult stories, more details; the lid has come off this box and now cannot be forced back on. I’m a poet, and an editor, and someone suggested we collect these stories somehow and it was obvious to collect them as poems. It was what I could do. I am very proud of this book, proud of the poets for sharing their stories and for putting their names to their words...These poems are painful, angry, often difficult to bear, but the result of these voices singing together is one that is beautiful, full of sisterhood, strength, and recovery".
Deborah Alma has an MA in Creative Writing, is Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University, & is the Emergency Poet in her vintage ambulance. She is editor of Emergency Poet - an anti-stress poetry anthology & The Everyday Poet - Poems to live by (both published by Michael O’Mara). Her True Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press (2016). Her first full collection Dirty Laundry (May 2018) is published by Nine Arches Press. She has worked using poetry with people in hospice care & in care homes, with vulnerable women’s groups, & with children & taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University. She lives with the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Montgomeryshire.
Fair Acre Press is an independent publishing house, committed to publishing high quality books and pamphlets that are good to hold, touch, look at and read; books that will call out to you – over and over again. It is run by the wonderfully talented and big-hearted Nadia Kingsley. As well as being the Editor and Publisher at Fair Acre Press, Nadia is a published poet, project manager, short story writer, artist, ceramicist, photographer, sculptor, public speaker, and passionate ecologist. She comes from a medical background, and uses her many talents to create beautiful books and more.
The following awesome women are included in this anthology: Jill Abram, Vasiliki Albedo, Deborah Alma, Jean Atkin, Roberta Beary, Victoria Bennett, Kaddy Benyon, Ama Bolton, Jhilmil Breckenridge, Rachel Buchanan, Jane Burn, Rachel Burns, Cath Campbell, Louisa Campbell, Zelda Chappel, Rachael Clyne, Jane Commane, Meg Cox, Sarah Doyle, Pat Edwards, Alicia Fernández, Rona Fitzgerald, Kate Garrett, Kathy Gee, Georgi Gill, Roz Goddard, Linda Goulden, Vicky Hampton, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Deborah Harvey, Ramona Herdman, AM Hill, Clare Hill, Angi Holden, Rhiannon Hooson, Helen Ivory, Sheila Jacob, Sally Jenkinson, Jemima Laing, Gill Lambert, Dorianne Laux, Claire Leavey, Emma Lee, Liz Lefroy, Pippa Little, Mandy Macdonald, Maggie Mackay, Holly Magill, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sarah Miles, Sarah Mnatzaganian, Kim Moore, Abegail Morley, Helen Mort, Katrina Naomi, Lisa Oliver, Michelle Penn, Pascale Petit, Bethany W Pope, clare e potter, Wendy Pratt, Lesley Quayle, Kathleen M. Quinlan, Amy Rainbow, Natalie Rees, Jess Richards, Victoria Richards, Bethany Rivers, Rosie Sandler, Jacqueline Saphra, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Emily Sernaker, Emma Simon, Beth Somerford, Ruth Stacey, Judi Sutherland, Angela Topping, Cathy Whittaker, Natalie Whittaker, Stella Wulf.
At the time of publication, the poets hail from many corners of the world, including Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, County Down, County Durham, County Mayo, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, France, Glasgow, Gloucestershire, Greece, Herefordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicestershire, London, New Zealand, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, U.S.A., Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Wrexham.
Sandra Salter is the creator behind the cover art and design. She is one half of Salty's Studios, a small creative studio based in Ludlow, Shropshire. Sandra is a Royal College of Art graduate and Bafta nominee, whose projects span moving image to print, hand drawn to digital design, and animation workshops.
The book contains seven beautiful B&W illustrations, by Jessamy Hawke. Jessamy is a London and Dorset based illustrator working in ink, watercolour, gouache, and linocut-printmaking. She is interested in connecting drawing with poetry and literature, as well as using illustration and hand-drawn maps to document an experience of a landscape.
University of Central Lancashire, Preston , April 9th
London Book Fair, April 11th
The Hive, Worcester, April 17th
Word Club, Leeds, April 27th
Stratford Literature Festival, April 28th
Birmingham Literature Festival, April 28th
Saboteur Festival, London, May 19th
Verbatim, Welshpool, May 28th
Norwich Cafe Writers, Oct 8th
Shrewsbury Poetry, November 1st
...more events to come throughout 2018 - 2019
What We Now Know - a creative collaboration inspired by #MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology. Video created by Adam Clarke & Victoria Bennett of The Common People. Written & recorded by Beth Porter & Ben Please of The Bookshop Band. Video created using Google Tilt Brush software.
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