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National Poetry Day

October 4, 2018

  As it’s #nationalpoetryday today here’s a piece commissioned for National Poetry Day’s Free The Word Project earlier this year. BBC Radio Wales listeners called in with a word they felt best reflected Wales. I got to choose my favourite word from these and write a poem on it. I chose ‘cwtch’, for my grandson Arthur ❤️. …. ADDED NOTE: I realise I’ve written on the PDF that this was ‘on’ National Poetry Day, when it should say ‘for’ National…

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New Patreon page

September 28, 2018

Dear friends – some exciting and terrifying news: I’ve set up a Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/sophiemckeand). I want to try a new way of connecting with the people out there who like my work. There are so many channels these days and it can be difficult to figure out how to get your art out to the people who have a genuine interest whilst also making a living from it. Being on the road is so inspiring and my biggest problem…

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Choose Love

September 17, 2018

  It’s been a blast working in Sew Ho today: stitching up split seams, sewing on buttons, and patching up jeans. But it has also got me thinking about the nature of charity, and gratitude, and what those words actually mean. Charity is about giving something to help those in need; gratitude is about being thankful. After two days working in the refugee warehouse I’m beginning to question why some people have donated items? Firstly, there are a lot of…

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Poems for weddings

September 16, 2018

I’ve really enjoyed writing wedding poems for friends and family over the years. Perhaps, when I feel in a dark place about where the world is headed this helps me to connect with what is really worth focussing on, which is love. Sam & Steve are old friends whose beautiful relationship brings energy to everyone around them. Their inspiring connection makes this poem so easy to write. So much love for this amazing couple and their new baby-to-be.  …

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Tattooing nature into my skin

August 18, 2018

  All of my tattoos hold symbolic meaning. The older tattoo on this arm was inked in about 2010/11. It’s a quote from PB Shelley: poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. The cherry blossom is symbolic of the beauty and transience of life. It was the first tattoo on my arms and I waited so long (I was 35ish), because this was my symbol of freedom. I’d been freelancing for a few years and had got to the…

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Creative women

August 13, 2018

  Putting together the crøwoman show I’ve felt the need to post photos of rehearsals. I’m admittedly an oversharer but, on reflection, another part of this is proving that I’m doing this by myself. This might sound a bit ridiculous but in the past people have congratulated men on some of the tech aspect of a performance of mine when they literally had only the vaguest thing to do with a project. It is important that artists get the credit…

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