This event draws together three compelling poets whose multi-faceted work explores landscape, love, race and marginalised voices.
KIM SQUIRRELL has worked as a freelance artist and writer in environmental theatre and experiential education. Her poetry, under the name Kim O’Loughlin, has appeared in The Poetry Review, the Out of Bounds anthology (Bloodaxe 2012) and as part of the 2018 Windrush exhibition at The British Library. She has been longlisted for the Complete Works II development programme and for the 2016 Bray Literary Festival Flash Fiction prize. Her short story, set in Exeter’s Exploding Bakery Café, was shortlisted for the Comma Press Dinesh Allirajah prize in May 2018. Kim runs a letterpress (Squirrel Press) and print studio with her partner David, a bookbinding mandolinist. They are currently collaborating on a musical poetry performance. Her chapbook Love Poems was published by Squirrel Press in 2016.
SARAH ACTON is a poet, artist and educator. She is the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site poet-in-residence, a site-responsive project exploring 95 miles of Jurassic coastline and its earth history through poetry and walking. Sarah facilitates participatory nature and poetry events under the name Black Ven, including reflective walks, residentials, and workshops that invite participants into an active and enquiring relationship between their own creativity and the landscapes of East Devon and Dorset. She has worked with actors, storytellers, geologists and other writers, and has received numerous commissions from local organisations. Recent projects include facilitating poetry workshops at Mill Water Special School for the Natural History Museum's Dippy tour, writing for well-being walks for Dorset AONB and outdoor nature and creativity workshops at Seaton Jurassic and with Beaminster Museum. Publications include: poems, essays, blogs, short stories, poetry pamphlets including Ammointe and Jurassic Poems East Devon (poetry), Wave-Maker (short story collection) and readings at spoken word events in the Dorset and Devon areas. Sarah studies eco-therapy and mythology, and is a member of NAWE and LAPIDUS.
LOUISA ADJOA PARKER is a writer of Ghanaian and English heritage who is based in the West Country. She writes poetry, fiction, black history and articles. She began writing to explore her experiences of racism and domestic violence, and is passionate about representing marginalised voices through her work. Her poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears and pamphlet, Blinking in the Light have been published by Cinnamon Press. Louisa’s work has appeared in a range of publications including Envoi; Wasafiri; Bare Fiction; Token Magazine; Under the Radar; Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe); Ink, Sweat and Tears; Writing Motherhood (Seren Books); Open Pen; and Closure (Peepal Tree Press). She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize and shortlisted by the Bridport Prize. She recently completed her first short story collection and third poetry collection, and is working on her first novel. Louisa has also performed her work widely across the South West and beyond, including as support to Linton Kwesi Johnson at Exeter Respect and Exeter Phoenix.