“slovenly needlewomen, (all
our sewing came apart), dancers,
players upon pipes: we have been
the queens of the whole world!”
– Marina Tsvetaeva, ‘We Shall Not Escape Hell’
Who are the Dead Women Poets? How “dead” are they? And what is our relationship to them, as contemporary women, poets, artists, “queens of the whole world”?
If you’re looking for a feminist literary Halloween event, you’ve found it. Join us for an extra spooky edition of Dead [Women] Poets Society as they return to The Poetry Café to commune with the dead on All Hallows’ Eve. Jasmine Simms will resurrect and discuss Elizabeth Siddal, and we’re delighted to be joined by Astra Papachristodoulou who will be raising artist, futurist, lamp-designer and poet Mina Loy.
The main event will be accompanied by an open mic night. People of all genders or none, all welcome to take to the stage! There is only one rule: for every poem/piece of your own that you read/perform, you must also share something by a dead woman poet.
Tickets are £5 on the door. Arrive at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. All welcome. Feel free to come dressed as a dead woman poet or in other ghoulish gear… #jointheseance
Contact [email protected] with questions or access requirements, and we will do our very best to meet them.
Illustrations by Lily Arnold. Previous readers have included Rachel Long, Helen Mort, Camille Ralphs, Eiffel Gao, Frances Leviston, Emily Harrison, Jenny Danes, Imogen Cassels, Ankita Saxena and more, and resurrection sites outside London have included Sheffield, Bradford and Durham.