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What is Feminist Poetry?: Speaker announcement!

We are now delighted to announce the speakers for our event on 24 November, What is Feminist Poetry? Come hear these two brilliant, dynamic performers share their work and discuss what feminist poetry means to them.


Michelle Madsen is an award-winning poet, theatre maker and investigative journalist. She has performed on four continents and is a regular at Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Festival. She is the host and creator of the world’s only poetry panel game, I’m Sorry I Haven’t Haiku and writes for publications including Private Eye and the Independent. She also makes guerilla, campaigning theatre and her debut collection Alternative Beach Sports is published by Burning Eye books. She is working on a one woman theatre show, What Goes Up about flight and how women fall and a subversive  storytelling show Tales from a Satellite City with Elizabeth Margereson. Michelle a part of the BP or Not BP and Nasty Women arts and activism collectives, a member of East London Feminists and runs Bargerella, London’s only all-female floating vaudeville show.


Serena Arthur is a second year English student at Mansfield College, Oxford. From the ages of 16 to 18 she held the title of Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate 2014 – 16 and, both during and after this period, has performed in many venues, including Birmingham Town Hall, Writing West Midlands’ Birmingham Literature Festival, London School of Economics and lots and lots of schools. Serena even read on Barbados television in 2015 and is looking forward to performing more in Oxford.


Ever felt like there was something you really wanted to say but you just weren’t sure how? We’re exploring the why and how of women’s speech and writing with the help of some amazing women writers and gender experts.

This is our fabulous launch for a feminist writing course to run in Oxford in early 2018.

The event will include presentations from rising-star feminist writers sharing their work and discussing what it means to express their gender in their writing.

There will be a chance to share your ideas about what feminist poetry means to you, how gender is expressed through poetry and language, what it means to write as your gender, and some of the challenges of writing women’s experiences, platforming a variety of voices in conversation.

We also invite presentations from YOU of your own work and/or that of your feminist heroes.

Kids and people of all genders welcome.

East Oxford Community Centre
Doors open 7.30pm (the bar will be open)
Tickets available on the door or in advance here:

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