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The 30 days of books challenge

September 3, 2020

Back from mainland Europe, in quarantine for 14 days. Decided to set a #30daysofbooks challenge over in my Instastories to keep the inspirstion flowing when I can’t get outdoors. If you fancy joining in, tag me and I’ll share yours too. 🧡🧡🧡 #booklover #bookstagram #poetlife #homeiswhereyouparkit #quarantine…

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Last gig for a while

July 25, 2020

Hello friends – just a note to let you know of my last gig for a while. It’s on my Instagram Live @sophiemckeand_outsider from 8pm – 8.15pm as part of the Llagollen Fringe Festival. There’s a whole raft of wonderful North Wales artists on this event tonight so check out @llangollenfringe for more details. I’ve loved being part of this festival over the years and this time is no exception. Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you tonight…

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Black history matters

June 8, 2020

Earlier this year I had a poetry residency at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle in North Wales, with the aim of engaging with the natural environment and the grounds surrounding the castle. It’s the second time I’ve worked on a project there, the first being a few years earlier when I was invited to work with groups of young people from the local school to write poetry in response to the castle. On both occasions I felt a deep need…

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poetry and song

May 11, 2020

Sometimes beautiful things come to you from out of the blue and they make you smile. This is a piece by my friend Moushumi Bhomik incorporating sections from a poem of mine. The photo is of us travelling on the overnight train from Kolkata to Jalpaiguri in 2018. Her words about it are below. I’m so lucky to know such lovely, creative people. “Song for My Father, with Sophie MckeandI met Sophie, a beautiful poet and spoken word artiste, in…

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When the voices are at peace

April 28, 2020

I think the internal struggle is the hardest because it’s the one we find most difficult to articulate. It’s the place perhaps where we need the most help but no one else knows where it is, and we don’t really know how to draw a map for fear of getting it wrong, or perhaps for fear of shining a light on the chaos. It’s a discussion (or argument) we can ultimately only really reconcile by ourselves, and yes I’m aware…

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On ceremony and trees

April 16, 2020

Continuing in the spirit of opening up some pieces that were previously behind a paywall while we’re all on lockdown… In the summer of 2019 two of our lovely friends, Darren & Aidan, made a commitment to each other witnessed by friends and family from across the globe, including the trees of Bute Park.  I was asked to create a ring ceremony for this and was immediately deeply honoured and terrified as it’s not something I’ve done before. I’ve spent…

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