June 2024 Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe is a Pushcart-prize nominated writer, editor and journalist, based in Swansea, UK. She is a Bread and Roses Spoken Word Award winner, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3, and her poetry has featured in many anthologies, including Red Poets, Blackheath Countercultural Review and the Ymlaen/Onward! Anthology of radical Welsh Poetry (Culture Matters, 2019). Her first collection of poetry, ‘Blood and Water’ was published by The Seventh Quarry in 2020. Her second, Our Father Eclipse, was published by Culture Matters in 2021. In 2023 she won a Special Award for the Chinese Spring Poetry Festival and continues to participate in online festivals with poets from across the world. She is currently working on a new poetry collection, as well as completing a book and series of workshops focusing on Writing for Wellbeing. A regular on the spoken word scene, she has run Talisman Spoken Word for more than ten years, and currently hosts the monthly Open Mic at Elysium, High Street, every last Wednesday.

Her writing incorporates the personal, spiritual and political. “For me, writing should be as natural as breathing, and I strongly believe that everybody has it in them to be a writer. We all have a story to tell, and as a regular host and performer at spoken word events, nothing pleases me more than watching new readers blossom into strong, empowered performers.

“I never set out to write any particular genre of poetry. I just write about the things that matter to me, the things that grab me by the heart and twist it, the sorts of things that if I didn’t write them down would bubble around in my head and probably explode.

There is so much to write about right now. We live in constantly changing times, with climate change looming, political and social unrest, and growing economic inequality. At time such as this, all forms of art – and poetry in particular – are a way of dealing with and responding to the brokenness of the world. We tell our truths because we have to, because, to quote Martin Luther, ‘here I stand, I can do no other’.

The best poems convey a kind of truth, which is timeless and universal. They go beyond the time in which they were written and reach into ours. They invite us to question universal fundamental truths: What is our place in the world, and who decided it? Does our society create the realities we strive for, and if not, how can we make things better?

Words are powerful. They create something out of nothing, thoughts crystallised on a blank page. Words can heal, can empower, and cross borders of social and geographical distance. We need to speak up boldly and wisely with radical passion and revolutionary compassion. Because words create worlds.”

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 June 2024. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting venue is the Taliesin Arts Centre (downstairs from the main auditorium), Swansea University Singleton Campus, Swansea SA2 8QD. There will also be a zoom link for those who can’t attend in person

If you would like to join the meeting as a guest, please Contact the Secretary.