Sophie McKeand is an award-winning poet and the current Young People’s Laureate Wales. Her work has been published widely including Poetry Wales, Dark Mountain and The Lonely Crowd. She performs regularly across the UK (such as at the Wales Millennium Centre and with Caught by the River) as has been on stage internationally in Ireland and at the Kolkata Literature Festival, India. Sophie has created two hand-stitched poetry pamphlets, Prophecy: conversations with my Self and Hanes; and collaborated on two touring arts projects: Metaforestry: storiau o’r Gogs, and DRKMTR which was also an album released on the Drum With Our Hands record label. She is a recipient of a Literature Wales writers bursary for 2017, is an ambassador for Welsh Women’s Aid, and is one of The Institute for Welsh Affairs’ ’30 Rising Stars: 30 people working to make Wales better over the next 30 years’. The new poetry collection Rebel Sun is out with Parthian Books June 2017.
“Sophie McKeand joined us on stage at The Good Life Experience in 2016, where she captivated the audience with her profound, mythological, musical poems that not only crossed borders but seemed to dismantle them entirely, collapsing time and space and merging visions of the past with narratives of the personal.”
– Caught by the River