MEDUSA & HER SISTERS is a book of drawings and poetry.
- It contains my series of Medusa drawings and sonnets by fourteen of our top women poets. There are winners of the New Nature, James Kirkup, William Soutar, Newdigate and Troubadour Poetry prizes in their midst.
- Together, we tell stories of legendary and hideous women: The Gorgons, three sisters who live exiled from society because they are far too monstrous to be seen in it.
- I draw gorgons because it’s time to address modern body-image obsessions and body-shaming and the roots of a girl’s shamefulness run deep and long in our culture - all the way back to Pandora and Eve.
- I want to re-interrogate judgments of these notorious women because our daughters need new stories to inherit.
- This is your chance to own a rare and beautiful book that you made exist!
- The 12 x 8” hard back will be covered in black cloth, with embossed title, and printed on 170gsm silk paper, in an edition of just 350.
- This beautiful, socially relevant publication can only happen with the support and investment of art, poetry, and culture lovers. With 10% of copies donated to museums and public collections – increasing awareness and increasing the likelihood of further exposure.
- I get the chance to share my artwork with many more people, including you!
- You get access to the work of 14 amazing poets.
- If my goal is surpassed, the additional funds will be spent on travel costs for poets attending our October 2019 book launch at The Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, Hampstead.
- Contributing poets will each receive three books for their own promotion and career benefit.
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- I trained in painting at Newcastle University and the Royal Academy Schools. London. My work explores feminine icons, from Eve and Pandora to Drag Kings and Barbie Brides, unearthing the roots of what defines our identity as women today. I am exhibited widely in the UK and my work can currently be viewed at Fearlessly Magazine and in ‘Pantheon – Celebrating our Unsung Heroines’ from Wollstonecraft Presents, available at the National Portrait Gallery Bookshop. My solo exhibition, opens at Peggy Jay Gallery, London, in October 2019. I am also Stirling Maxwell Fellow for Text & Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow. You can see more of my work at www.sirett.com
About the Contributors
- Catherine Ayres is a teacher who lives and works in Northumberland. In 2015 she came third in the Hippocrates Poetry Competition and in 2016 she won the Elbow Room Poetry Prize with Silence. Her debut collection, Amazon, is published by Indigo Dreams.
- Ria Maya Bhatta read English at Cambridge University. She usually lives and works London, though she is currently residing in Italy. One of her poems was highly commended in the 2017 Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition. She is currently working on a sequence of poems about the Greek myth of Medea.
- Sita Brahmachari’s work spans novel, short story, theatre and poetry. She has published over ten novels for young people, winning the Waterstones Children's Book Award. Her Theatre work includes a celebrated poetic circus/ theatre adaptation of The Arrival by Shaun Tan, with Tamasha Theatre Company. Sita is an Amnesty International Ambassador.
- Jane Burn is a writer and artist, originally from South Yorkshire, who currently lives with her family in the North East of England. Her poems have been published in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. She recently won the 2018 Poetry on the Lake and PENfro Book Festival prizes.
- Arabella Currie’s first collection, The Divers, is published by Hurst Street Press. Her poems have won various awards including a Foyle Young Poets Award, the Newdigate Prize and the inaugural New Nature Writing prize and have been published in the anthology Poems in an Exhibition. She is currently working on a series of translations of ancient Greek lyric poems, exploring how ancient appreciations of nature may help us articulate the value of the earth in contemporary times.
- Emily Hasler’s poems have appeared in the Rialto, Poetry Salzburg, Warwick Review and Horizon Review, and anthologies, Dove Release, Birdbook, Clinic 2 and Herbarium. A pamphlet, Natural Histories’ is published by Salt and poems also appear in The Salt Book of Younger Poets and The Best British Poetry 2011. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, receiving an Eric Gregory award in 2014 and her collection, The Built Environment was published by Pavilion Poetry in 2018.
- Anoushka Havinden is an artist and writer, who writes fiction and poetry under the name N Magennis; her poems have won the James Kirkup prize, the William Soutar Prize and the Nairn Book Festival Poetry Prize. Her pamphlet Meeting the Buddha in Dumbarton is published by Red Squirrel Press. She has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Gutter, Poetry Scotland and Iota.
- Ramona Herdman's new pamphlet of poems about lust, love and sexual politics, 'A warm and snouting thing', will be published by The Emma Press in summer 2019. Her previous pamphlet, ‘Bottle’, was published by HappenStance Press in 2017; it was one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2017 and was the Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2018 Pamphlet Choice.
- Laura McKee’s poems have appeared in journals including The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog and Under the Radar, in anthologies including Mildly Erotic Verse (Emma Press, 2013), and on a bus, as a winner of the Guernsey International Poetry Competition. She has been twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and was nominated for The Forward Prizes.
- Wendy Pratt is a professional poet and playwright living on the North Yorkshire coast. She is coastal columnist for Yorkshire Life Magazine and editor for Dream Catcher literary arts magazine. She has had four collections of poetry published and her fifth is due out in 2020. Her latest collection, Gifts the Mole Gave Me is available from Valley Press.
- Jo Reardon is a writer of fiction, drama and poetry. Jo’s work as a poet includes several ekphrastic collaborations with artists. She works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, where she is an Honorary Associate of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Sue Rose is the author of two full poetry collections published by Cinnamon Press: From the Dark Room (2011) and The Cost of Keys (2014). A chapbook of sonnets paired with her own photos, Heart Archives, was published by Hercules Editions (2014). Tonewood, a book of poems written in response to photos of trees by Lawrence Impey, was published by Eaglesfield Editions in 2019 and her third Cinnamon collection, Scion, is due out in 2020. She won the Troubadour Poetry Prize in 2009 and the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition in 2008.
- Natalie Shaw lives and works in London. She has a kind husband and children of varying sizes. Her poetry can be found in The Poetry Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Antiphon, Butcher’s Dog and Prole, amongst others. Her poem I know you only invited me in for a coffee, but, received a commendation in the National Poetry contest 2018.
- Sarah Watkinson is a plant scientist with a 2012 diploma in creative writing from Oxford University. Recent poems can be seen in The Rialto; Ink, Sweat and Tears; Pennine Platform; Well Versed; Waterlines; Nutshells and Nuggets; The Stare’s Nest. Sarah is a Cinnamon pamphlet prize winner 2016. Her debut pamphlet ‘Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight’ is published by Cinnamon Press.
Risks and challenges
Like all Kickstarter campaigns, this one is all or nothing, so not reaching my funding goal is the biggest risk. Swiftly followed by ending up with a room full of books!
However, with plans for larger versions of the MEDUSA project in the pipeline, I will find further sales outlets.
Creating the book and the Kickstarter campaign are new processes for me – a potential risk, but I’m a devil for the detail, so, hopefully, not too many worries on that score.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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