SOPHIE McKEAND

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For over a decade my energy and creativity have rooted and blossomed in Cymru’s communities. Sometimes it’s been tough, but I’ve flourished working with people from all walks of life to share both a passion for poetry, and belief that awakening our creative selves is the catalyst for seismic shifts in consciousness in the individual. In an ideal world this then ripples out to encourage positive change in families, the wider community, and eventually the world.

I still believe this to be the case, but something is missing. I now realise this gaping hole can only be filled by a deeper, more profound connection with nature. Because of this my focus is shifting: to dreaming with trees; to fully engaging with nature; to following my heart and allowing her to lead us to sleep under new stars - bathe in the language of unfamiliar landscapes.

Previous work:

Rebel Sun

Speaks of anarchy and starlings; sings the praise of the Rebel Sun who recreates the world every day so that at any time we can cast off the past & do the same. These poems dream of the fluidity & politics, of time & place; map mountain & mind. May 2017

#thirtydaysofBrexit

Responding to our mainstream newspapers’ coverage of the Brexit fall-out.

Hanes

30pg A5 poetry pamphlet. Original cover design and typesetting: Andy Garside. Letterpress cover and hand stitched. Includes poems previously published in the likes of Dark Mountain, Poetry Wales and Tears in the Fence. Nov 2015. [Free PDF download here]

Coflyfyr

I awoke. I know that I am awake, but when I awoke… I am not sure. Or, I am sure. I remember distinctly the night it happened, and the subsequent days. Then there were the previous awakenings and, although smaller, they were, with hindsight, no less significant…

Metaforestry: storiau o'r Gogs.

Out of stock. Only 100 of these were printed. Visit the Bandcamp site to listen to or download the album. Poetry: Sophie McKeand. Music: Emmi Manteau. Art: Erica Taylor. Produced and toured the UK 2013.

DRKMTR: an experiment with poetry, sound and visual art.

Full length CD album with letterpress cover and A3 full-colour map folded print. Sound & recording: Steve Nicholls. Design: Andy Garside. Released on DWOH Records in 2012.

Prophecy: conversations with myself

32pg A6 poetry pamphlet, hand crafted & stitched and tied with ribbon. Original design by Andy Garside. First published Jan 2010. Limited edition 250 sold. [Free PDF download here]


Awards:
Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award 2018.
Literature Wales Young People's Laureate Wales April 2016 - March 2018.
Literature Wales Writers Bursary Award 2017.
Winner of the OutSpoken award for Innovation in Poetry 2015.
Longlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2014.

Residencies:
Poet in Residence - Bute Park, Cardiff, 2017/2018.
Writer in Residence - Wales Arts Review magazine. January 2017.
Associate Artist - Poet in Residence, Oriel Davies, Newtown. 1st November - 20th December 2016.
Poet in Residence - Focus Wales Festival, 12th - 14th May 2016.
Poet in Residence - Ymuno Festival, 4th - 6th July 2014.
Poet in Residence - Llangollen Pavilion, May 2010 - May 2011.

Commissions:
Woodland Trust: poem carved onto one of 10, 15ft legacy poles across the UK. Bute Park, Cardiff.
Ecorus: poem to celebrate 30 years of Erasmus+.
Wales Millennium Centre for the Aberfan Memorial Concert: Cymro - poem performed by Michael Sheen OBE.
Dydd Llun Pawb: poem written and performed in spring ‘17 for the opening of the new Oriel Wrecsam in 2018.
Culture Action Llandudno: poem written and performed at the Tabernacle Sunday Service. Nov 2016.
BBC Radio Wales for National Poetry Day’s FREE The Word (2017).

Featured:
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio Wales
S4C
Caught by the River
If Women Rose Rooted (by Sharon Blackie)
Kolkata Literature Festival
Hay Festival
Dark Mountain
Institute for Welsh Affairs