Remembering May Ayim and Julia Darling at Dead [Women] Poets Society

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Two women poets, May Ayim and Julia Darling, will be remembered when Dead [Women] Poets Society meet online on Sunday 11 April. Momtaza Mehri and Hannah Hodgson will be speaking about the lives and legacies of Ayim and Darling, and sharing their own new creative response to their work. The event also includes an open-mic.

The organisers say: “This is not a poetry event for poetry fans only - anyone who's interested in communing with our literary mothers is welcome.” For the open-mic they “welcome poets and performers of all and no genders to the (virtual) stage! Our only rule: for every poem of your own, you should also read/perform one by a dead woman or non-binary poet.”

The event at 7.30pm was originally intended to take place in Newcastle, at the Star and Shadow cinema.

May Ayim, who died in Berlin at the age of 36, was an Afro-German poet, educator and activist. She killed herself after suffering severe depression, and a diagnosis of MS. Julia Darling, pictured, who died of cancer aged 48, was an English novelist, poet, and dramatist. More details on Write Out Loud’s Gig Guide

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