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Leeds Poetry Festival I Bent Key Showcase

Join Bent Key founder Rebecca Kenny and a line-up of incredible Northern voices as they scorch a new path on the poetry publishing scene. She'll be joined by an amazing line-up of Northern artists, including Caitlin McKenna, Charlie Parker, Emily Cooke, Emma Conally-Barklem, Rebecca Pythian, Romina Ramos, Will Stevenson, Scarlett Ellson.

Rebecca Kenny is the founder of Bent Key Publishing, which was born following a car crash that ended her teaching career. She writes about life, love and the small parts of existence that make you feel something.

Caitlin McKenna is a queer, socialist, vegan poet and spoken word performer from Leeds.

Charlie Parker is a poet from Sheffield. His writing focuses on life as a working class man in Yorkshire, from Northern family life to hard lockdown conversations via teenage angst and laughs.

Emily Cooke is a Manchester poet. She started to write during a prolonged period of illness during the pandemic, and finds writing her way through chaotic and emotional times can be immensely therapeutic.

Emma Conally-Barklem is a yogi, freelance writer and poet based in North Yorkshire, England. She writes on nature, mental health, grief, social justice, family and wellbeing. She currently has a summer residency providing wellbeing resources to The Brontë Society.

Rebecca Phythian is a poet, actor and singer from Manchester. She is the co-founder of Blue Balloon Theatre, which offers opportunities to budding performers across the North-West. Her writing is relatable, witty and hits hard at just the right moments; her poetry often focuses on love, relationships and self-image.

Romina Ramos is the founder of Natter, Bolton’s inaugural spoken-word event. Their writing looks at self-belief, identity, relationships and nostalgia, drawing on their family history in Portugal and what it means to be working class.

Will Stevenson is the co-founder of Switchblade Society, a collaborative spoken-word event in Manchester. His work is both hilarious and acerbic, focusing on politics, society and the human condition. He is a staunch believer in the power of spoken word to effect change.

Scarlett Ellson writes about the human condition through a sensual and spiritual lens. Her work focuses on identity and the role of feminism in a patriarchal society.

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