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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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Me at 20

April 29, 2020

#MeAt20 has been trending on Instagram so I thought I’d share mine. In this photo my daughter Rhiannon is not even a week old. She was a bit jaundiced and stuck her tongue out for about the first three months. Everything in my life changed when I met her. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. This is a wierd photo because I’m so happy here, in my dad’s kitchen in Wrexham after getting back from the hospital,…

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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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on borders and ecosystems

February 17, 2020

 Sophie McKeandIn response to a week-long creative residency at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle, Jan/Feb 2020 To ascend the steep, tree-lined, bird-song-filled lane and face Chirk Castle’s imposing portcullis entrance, is to do no less than to hike through centuries of time. Multifaceted layers hang like bright linen sheets in the morning fog of these borderlands, of y ffîn, so that if you slow down for long enough you might feel a slight caress on the cheek, or a brush…

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Everything grows in its own time

February 1, 2020

It takes time for anything to grow to maturity, and even then, it’ll keep evolving. In my old fast-paced life I’d often feel that creative ideas needed to come almost fully formed or they’d get squashed by my trampling feet, and the judgement of others, as we all stomped out time. Working on radical acceptance and self-love has meant a total reexamination of all the creative and emotional processes I go through, when writing, or connecting, and I realise how…

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Balancing act

January 29, 2020

Finding my balance as an artist / as a woman // the ground shifts / & I stutter / until I understand that the dance isn’t / about knowing all the steps / but learning how to gracefully fall / in love with the process / of becoming. /// thanks for a lovely afternoon @lisaheleddjones and for helping me find my feet with it all 💗 More on this residency over in my Instagram Story Highlights.…

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Ham and Jam

November 15, 2019

I presented a radio programme celebrating the life and works of the utterly wonderful concrete/experimental poet Peter Meilleur, who wrote under the pseudonym Childe Roland. It was live tonight at 6.30pm on BBC Radio Wales but you can listen again online here.…

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visiting Taliesin

August 24, 2019

Dwi’n caru Llyn Tegid. I love Bala Lake. It’s the birthplace of one of my favourite Cymraeg myths that tells the story of the origins of Cymru’s greatest mythic poet, Taliesin. It’s told that a powerful witch, Ceridwen, lived here. In a great cauldron of Awen (inspiration), she made a potion to transform her son into a great shapeshifter, but instead the magic accidentally transferred to a stable boy, Gwion Bach, who was enlisted to stir the potion for a…

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