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C+nto By Joelle Taylor

C+nto by Joelle Taylor

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Part-memoir, part-conjecture, Joelle Taylor investigates sexuality and gender in poetry that is lyrical, expansive, imagistic, epic and intimate.

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C+nto: & Othered Poems by Joelle Taylor

The female body is a political space. C+nto enters the private lives of women from the butch counterculture, telling the inside story of the protests they led in the '90s to reclaim their bodies as their own - their difficult balance between survival and self-expression. History, magic, rebellion, party and sermon vibrate through Joelle Taylor's cantos to uncover these underground communities forged by women. Part-memoir and part-conjecture, Taylor explores sexuality and gender in poetry that is lyrical, expansive, imagistic, epic and intimate. C+nto is a love poem, a riot, a late night, and an honouring.

About Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and 3 plays and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. She has featured on The Verb (R3), Power Lines (R4), Poetry Please (Radio 4) Educating the East End (ITV), and We Belong Here (BBC). She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK's national youth slam championships, in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. Her work is taught as part of the OCR GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award from the Southbank Centre in recognition of the effect SLAMbassadors had on British culture. She is the founder and Artistic Director of a new inter-European spoken word project 'Borderlines', and is a Fellow of the RSA and was longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship 2017 and 2019. She is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK's Centre's premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room. She featured in a Radio 4 documentary about her work, Butch, which was broadcast in 2020.

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C+nto: & Othered Poems by Joelle Taylor
The Westbourne Press
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