From Thommie’s new Burning Eye Collection My Stepmother Tried To Kill Me.
or rather her magnificent debut Sweat-borne Secrets is. Sal herself has flown away south for the Winter to do a little vacationing in Australia prior to appearing at the Adelaide Fringe festival and a bunch of other places with Nuala Honan perfuming their show Folly (which is pretty brilliant so anyone of an Australian persuasion please take note). Full details here at Sally’s web site.
Burning Eye seeks to break down some of the barriers that are put up between young poets and publishers to make it more accessible for poets to put work out early in their career. This chapbook from Megan Beech is the third example of Burning Eye working with a young poet in this way. Although still in her second year at University Megan has already caught attention with her infectious reeling wordplay, but, as is already evident in When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, she is quickly moving on into more complex writing. Megan is not afraid of speaking her mind and grappling with political themes with a confidence missing in many older poets. When I Grow Up To Be Mary Beard captures the sound of a resurgent feminism that demands to be heard and marks Megan out as a name to watch.
Megan Beech was the winner of the SLAMbassadors national youth slam 2011, and the Poetry Rivals UK under 18 slam 2011. She has performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury, Latitude and Larmer Tree Festivals as well as for institutions including The British Museum, Keats House, UCL and the University of Cambridge. She has recorded her poetry with actress Fiona Shaw CBE for the cultural Olympiad project,’Peace Camp’ and is currently an undergraduate in English at King’s College London.
‘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.’
Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project
‘Megan Beech is at the forefront of a powerful new UK spoken word movement. Her poetry is visceral, cerebral, emotional and political. Her words are incendiary devices left beneath cars.’
‘Megan Beech is a powerful force of performance poetry; a wave of passion that challenges the status quo and rails against inequalities and apathy… All young poets should be this intelligently enthusiastic.’
Peter Hunter, Apples and Snakes