StAnza Slam: St Andrews, Scotland | Fire and Dust: Coventry, England
I wrote in rooms
The Vagina in the room
On May 26th, 2021, I was honoured to be invited to perform this poem at the Writing, Researching, and Surviving Sexual Trauma: A Creative Response panel where Winnie M.Li, Clare Shaw, Ruth Beecher and Joanna Bourke discussed 'how writing enables individuals, academics, and society at large to address the reality of sexual trauma.' I began writing the poem during a workshop facilitated by Winnie that was part of her Writer in Residence programme at the SHaME Project, Birkbeck University in partnership with Clear Lines that examined 'the dialogue between academic research and lived experience through artistic exploration.' A recording of the event that includes my performance can be found on the SHaME blog.