HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you have had a good festive period. We at Stirred acknowledge how hard this time of year is for many. We will be easing you in gently to the new year by continuing to blog and run workshops until Stirred live returns in February which gives you plenty of time to write for the theme of Bodies.
We wanted to take this chance in the new year of looking back at what’s happened with Stirred Poetry over 2014, it feels like we’ve changed and grown in many ways.
We were really chuffed to get the Special Achievement Award from our host the Three Minute Theatre this year, we were awarded this after having a series of really successful nights, highlights of which were Stirred: Frida Kahlo and Stirred: Witches, two of the most feminist, inspiring nights we’ve had at Stirred. This isn’t to forget other brilliant nights we’ve had, Stirred: Galaxies was very special and we put out a Wormhole Chapbook, bringing together our strength in responding to other art in order to create new art, using surreal collages of Eugenia Loli to do this.
We were also wowed by Abi Hynes, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders at Stirred: Sylvia and Anne performance night, one of nine open mic nights we have run this year to create a platform for feminists to stand on.
We have hosted eleven workshops over 2014, one of which was As We Are Away Festival, another of which was at Sapphormation: Breaking Through Festival.
Stirred Poetry Trio made up of Anna Percy, Rebecca Audra Smith and Steph Pike performed poetry about street harassment and gendered violence at Reclaim the Night 2014 After Party, and we are planning to be involved in 2015 also, so look out for this!
We will continue to be angry, funny, and most of all a feminist space, event and blog. It is at the forefront of everything we do and write. We want to support other writers and most of all self identifying women to give them confidence in their work, a platform to stand on, feel supported by and to shout out on.
If your new year’s resolution was to write more, we can help you, attend a workshop or join in by reading the exercises online, respond to the work of Eugenia Loli which we are taking rolling submissions for.
If your new year’s resolution was to meet new poets and discuss writing, come to a workshop or live event. If you decided you need to share your voice live with the world come to our event, we provide one of the most welcoming and supportive events for newcomers. If poetry and feminism were part of your new years resolutions we can certainly help you achieve your aims.
We will also be expanding the Stirred Collective, Lenni and Jasmine will be fellow co-hosts of Stirred, and we are really looking forward to working with them and exploring feminism in all it’s intersectional glory in 2015. With our new recruits we hope to take Stirred further, bigger, angrier, more gorgeous and to more people than ever before. Here is to a poetic feminist new year.