Dead [Women] Poets Society Blog

We're going to Sylvia Plath Literary Festival this October!



We're back!


Since our Arts Council funded tour ended, we've been taking a much-needed break. But we're delighted to say that our next event is here, and at perhaps our most on-brand context yet: we're resurrecting Sylvia Plath and Janice Mirikitani at the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival in Hebden Bridge, on Saturday 22 October (late, from 9.30pm!).

Sylvia Plath is the favourite dead woman poet of so many, and also one of the first poets we ever resurrected back in 2015, so we can't wait to head to this one-off festival marking 90 years since her birth.

We're also delighted that the two poets who'll be resurrecting are the marvellous Claire Collison and Natalie Linh Bolderston. What a thrill to get to work with these Women Poets' Prize winners! As ever, they'll be speaking about the life and works of their respective dead woman poets, reading some of their work, and also performing some new work written in response.


Plus, of course, after the interval we'll be hosting our popular open mic, where people of all genders and none are welcome to perform one of their own poems - as long as they also perform a poem by a dead woman poet too.

This event will unfortunately not be BSL interpreted and will not be wheelchair accessible as it's down the steps in Nelson's Bar in Hebden Bridge. However, we are aiming to podcast the event so you should be able to listen back afterwards; and as we normally do, we will publish part of the poets' resurrections on our website too, so we hope everyone will be able to access some of what is created!

Tickets go on sale on the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival website from 15 August 2022. Find out more about the event here.