Listen Softly London is back for the new year with a superb range of poets and story tellers joining us at The Crown, Southwark, at 7.30pm on Monday 26 January.
Megan Beech was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam 2011, and the Poetry Rivals UK under 18 slam 2011. She has performed at venues including Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Latitude, Larmer Tree and Glastonbury Festivals, as well as for institutions including The British Museum, Keats House and the University of Cambridge.
Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013 chronicling her experience as a young feminist and the fight for female voices and role-models 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’.
Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and Guardian journalist, Laura Bates said of Megan: “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.”
Daniel Carpenter is a long-time friend of Listen Softly London and has work published at Metazen and The Irish Literary Review. His short fiction has also appeared in the Boo Books anthology After the Fall, and he has been shortlisted for the Manchester Climate Change Short Story Competition. His non-fiction has been published on Tor Dot Com and Bookmunch.
Dean McCaffrey from Bristol was spotted by Listen Softly London performing a scratch of his one man poetry show at the Southbank Centre in late 2014. He is a musical artist, poet, and he is sure to bring bounce to our stage and we’re looking forward to welcoming him.
Sarah Sheldon is a comedic storyteller who has previously performed at Listen Softly London. She is hilarious and her stories are poignant, reflective and life affirming. She has worked as a journalist mainly, having covered everything from the Lithuanian laxative market to Panamanian presidential elections. She began performing stand-up in 2012 and was a finalist in Jewish Comedian of the Year, 2014.
Liam Mac An Phearsúin is the only poet that we’ve ever given an open mic slot to after he came to a show shortly after we met him at a writers workshop in London. By day, he is a primary school teacher and Psychology student. By night: an overly-analytical spoken word artist. His work often centres around dark satire, the manipulation of language or explorations of identity. He is charming, charismatic and is bound to thrill with a tantalising performance.
We will be welcoming staff and volunteers from the Ministry of Stories to the event as our January charity guests. There will be a collection by the door for your loose change which will be donated to the Ministry of Stories so that they can continue their work providing creative writing workshops for children in London.
You can buy tickets for this word extravaganza online for £5 or £3 concessions, or you can pay on the door at £6.