“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”?
The Dead [Women] Poets Society is back! They’re delighted to return to The Poetry Café for another night of resurrecting and discussing the female canon. This time the DWPS readers are Jasmine Simms and Helen Bowell, and they are delighted to be joined by Ankita Saxena, who will be discussing DWP Maya Angelou and how Angelou’s work relates to her own.
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.
Ankita Saxena is a poet and aspiring playwright from London. She is a proud ex-Barbican Young Poet and is currently part of Octavia: a women of colour poetry collective based in the Southbank Centre. Passionate about improving the representation of women in education, arts and the workplace, she currently leading an initiative called Spectra, which aims to inspire girls from diverse backgrounds to pursue their goals. @ankitawrites
Tickets are £5 on the door. Arrive at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. All welcome. #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, and more, and resurrection sites outside London have included Sheffield, Bradford and Durham.