Stirred: Monsters


‘Human monsters have been attributed to intercourse between women and the devil’-Wiki
‘a large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature….a thing of extraordinary or daunting size.’ Google

Our next performance evening is on Monday 31st October, the night of All Hallows’ Eve itself. If you haven’t yet picked it up from a couple of hints we’ve dropped, the theme is MONSTERS. We are at 3MT in Afflecks Palace from 7.30, with special guests Ros Ballinger and Sophie McKeand performing! Submit to the chapbook of the night by emailing your entry to, ASAP!

Anna Percy, that individual of charm and monstrous talent, has written us a workshop to inspire your green inked pens. See you there (fancy dress encouraged and celebrated).

Free write from a line ‘’tell a child she is composed of parts’’

‘Tell a child she is composed of parts
(her Ojibway quarters, her German half-heart)
she’ll find the existence of harpies easy
to swallow.’

Write from the point of view of an ancient mythic/folklore female monster/creature but use modern language. Avoid end rhyme and keep the language simple and conversational.

‘Some of us
are the come-hither


gleamy in the middle
of the trap’s busted smile.’


What makes a woman monstrous? Write a poem about a real life woman painted as a monster for her behaviour.


Read ‘The Strange Girl Asks Politely to be Called Princess’. Write your own surreal poem about your own created monster/creature masquerading as a person.

‘When the strange girl skips rope her hair flies
like a porpoise. She collects things that melt
and things that tick, circles and cubes
and checkerboards in a drawer’

-The Strange Girl Asks Politely to be Called Princess by Kathryn Nuernberger


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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