7 February, 2024
Speakeasy Online Poetry Evening
Presented by Super Culture and hosted by The Write Box!
Join us for our first Speakeasy of 2024 with Guest Poet Beth Handley!
Beth Handley is a writer, poet and disability activist from Monmouth. Bethany campaigns for better access to nature for Disabled people and raises awareness of the barriers that Disabled people face. Her work has been featured by BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Wales, BBC News, Nation Cymru, WalesOnline, Metro, POETRY, Poetry Wales, The Welsh Agenda, Spelt, Plantlife Magazine and on the Poetry Foundation. Bethany is one of the writers in Literature Wales’ Representing Wales 2023-24 cohort; she’s an occasional guest reviewer of the Sunday papers on BBC Radio Wales; and she was one of the Sherman Theatre’s Unheard Voices. A finalist in Nine Arches Press’s Primers 2023, one of her poems has been nominated by Poetry Wales for the prestigious Pushcart Prize 2023 in the USA. She was awarded the Gold Prize for Creative Non-fiction in the Creative Future Writers’ Award 2023. As an advocate for Disabled writers, Bethany ran Write Back, a writing retreat and mentorship scheme for Welsh d/Deaf and Disabled writers, with author Megan Angharad Hunter, and Megan, Bethany and author Sioned Erin Hughes are currently editing the first bilingual anthology of Welsh d/Deaf and Disabled writers. Her debut pamphlet Cling Film will be published by Seren Books in February 2025.
You can watch Beth reading one of her poems in London Literature Festival at the South Bank last October at: www.bethanyhandley.com/work/reading-at-the-southbank-centre-for-london-literature-festival.
Her website is: www.bethanyhandley.com.
This event is Pay-What-You-Decide, more information here
Presented by Super Culture and led by Bob Walton and Sue Hill of The Write Box, the Speakeasy event features an open mic slot where members of the community are welcome to take to the Zoom stage themselves and share a poem – giving people the chance to spit bars, speak up and feel the Speakeasy love! If you’d like to share a poem in the open mic section, please drop Becky a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’d like to read your own poetry or just come along to hear some great writing, the Speakeasy promises a creative evening to fill the soul for everyone.