I am thrilled to announce that Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily-Rose Galvin will be at City Voices on Saturday 17th August. Emily will be reading a selection of her poetry and also running a poetry workshop for us. Emily is soon coming to end of her tenure as Laureate - she has been a wonderful and hard-working representative of our county.
A bit about Emily - Emily Rose, current and first female Staffordshire Poet Laureate, has been writing for both page and performance since joining a local poetry group in Lichfield in 2014. With a raw and emotive style, Emily is known to focus on intimate experience to create raw and passionate writing from the heart of human emotion, frequently tackling resonant subjects such as mental health, personal growth and the complications of human relationships.
As well as running workshops and poetry classes within schools and poetry groups (including the Stoke Poet's Corner project within Stoke Sixth Form College), Emily performs regularly across the county and the UK, from local Spoken Word evenings and festivals to supporting best-selling Canadian poet Sabrina Benaim in Nottingham in 2017 and guest features on BBC Radio Stoke, Derby and West Midlands. Her debut poetry book 'Anna' was released by Fishbowl Publishing in 2017 - an independent group set up to promote the work of unknown and upcoming poets, of which Emily is co-founder and editor.
In the last year, Emily has co-organised the successful WordCraft poetry evenings at BottleCraft in Hanley, and has had the honour of curating poetry showcases for Lichfield's Fuse Festival in both 2018 and 2019. Most recently, she has formed music and poetry collaboration project Rose&Cloud, who, on the back of successful performances in Newcastle, Leek, and Stockport, have just released their first EP 'It's Only Thursday'.