In Bad Betty Press anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom, 50 poets speak out about mental health. This book, supported by Arts Council England, compiles work from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary poetry, including emerging artists, award-winning writers and performers, and mental health ambassadors.
Join us in celebrating its launch with a dynamic night of live poetry from a small selection of the book's contributors.
Mary Jean Chan, Antosh Wojcik, Anne Gill with hosts Sean Colletti and Amy Acre.
About the acts:
Mary Jean Chan was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her debut pamphlet is out with ignitionpress (2018), with her debut collection forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2019.
Antosh Wojcik is a poet, performer and lecturer at University of Winchester. His cross-arts poetry and drumming show, How To Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia, is produced by Penned In The Margins.
Anne Gill is currently studying for a masters in poetry at Newcastle University. She was part of the University of Birmingham’s slam team, who won Unislam 2018 and competed at CUPSI in the US. She has performed at events across the UK and was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry, Performance Poetry in 2018. If you talk to her she will probably tell that she loves cats.
Sean Colletti was born and raised in California. He came to the UK to pursue education and writing, getting his MA in Creative Writing: Prose at the University of East Anglia, and he is in the final year of his PhD at the University of Birmingham. He has headlined at spoken word nights across the country and was part of the winning slam team at UniSlam 2018. His first pamphlet, published by Bare Fiction, is due in autumn 2018.
Editor of Bad Betty Press, Amy Acre is a poet, performer and freelance writer from London. Her pamphlet, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye) was chosen as a PBS Pamphlet Choice and a Poetry School Best Book of 2015.