Feminist arts night She Grrrowls is heading out on a UK tour to start 2020, giving voice to different women across the country – with a stop at Sheffield's brilliant poetry and spoken word night Verse Matters at Sidney + Matilda.
She Grrrowls was founded in 2013 by poet, writer and performer Carmina Masoliver. Since then it's appeared at various venues in London, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the organisers' words: "It starts with a growl – sometimes soft, sometimes loud – and a feeling of coming together to share in the experiences of womanhood in its various forms. She Grrrowls is a place to feel empowered and energised, whether in the pages of the book, or as the words come alive on stage." It's teaming up in Sheffield with Verse Matters, an intersectional feminist arts collective founded by poet Rachel Bower.
On the Sheffield date, the two poets performing are Sophie Shepherd and Rebecca Tamás.
Rebecca Tamás is a creative writing lecturer at York St John University, whose poetry and criticism has been published in The White Review, The London Review of Books, and Granta. She is the editor, with Sarah Shin, of Spells: Occult Poetry for the 21st Century, and her first full length collection of poetry, WITCH, came out in 2019 – becoming a Guardian Poetry Choice and a Paris Review Staff Pick.