Rebel Sun is a full-length hardback poetry collection with dust jacket and red ribbon bookmark.
Published May 2017 in collaboration with Parthian Books.
Design: Andy Garside.

Review in Poetry Wales, winter 2017, volume 53

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“Politics and nature, individuality and community, are all fused in McKeand’s grand and capacious vision. It is what makes this book [Rebel Sun] so charismatic and endearing.”

Poetry Wales

“… a serious, as well as a seriously playful, poet.”

New Welsh Review

“Sophie McKeand’s Rebel Sun is no dying star, but a fiery tour de force, full of surreal and ingenious imagery. […] a passionate and heartfelt book, a collection of modern agitprop poetry in which Marxism and landscape rub easy shoulders, and the Rebel Sun acts as an agitator, its manifesto calling for a reconnection with the natural world […] Accomplished and vibrant, this is a collection to cherish.”

Planet Magazine

“The page is a landscape that McKeand opens, carves and re-fashions to en-voice her ideas with an astonishing physicality, moving between English and Welsh with the fluidity of the talismanic water that runs through so many of these poems. Her collages draw different voices and frames of reference into the same orbit, allowing her to make powerful political points from new angles… McKeand is a poet whose voice is rooted in landscape, but who also gets on her bike and breaks free to re-fashion her own tongue. This is a stunning collection.”

A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Winner of the OutSpoken London award for Innovation in Poetry 2015

Poet in Residence at Focus Wales Festival

Launch of Rebel Sun with Parthian Book on May 31st 2017 & UnDegUn, Wrexham. The launch was part of The Valley, City, Village project, a cultural exchange between Wales and India, in partnership with the British Council, Wales Arts International, Literature Wales, Parthian Books and Wales Arts Review.

From Rebel Sun, filmed, edited, narrated, & produced by Sophie McKeand.