Having previously worked with the National Theatre’s New Views programme, Bridget has been reading and performing her own spoken word poetry since she came third in the Roundhouse’s annual Summer Slam in 2009. She became an Associate Artist with her poetry collective, Rubix, at the Roundhouse, and they released their debut spoken word album RED on iTunes/Roundhouse Records in 2012. She has since won various slam titles around London including Farrago and Hammer & Tongue, and has been published in anthologies such as Burning Eye Books’ Rhyming Thunder and Tongue Fu’s Liminal Animals. She has also had her work exhibited at a TEDxLondon conference and performed at places ranging from 10 Downing Street to the Southbank Centre and the King’s College Cambridge Women’s Dinner. She was recently shortlisted to be the first Young Poet Laureate for London.
For the past three years, Bridget has been studying for a degree in English Literature at University College London. She has a strong interest in postcolonial literature (particularly concerning names and titles in West African and Aboriginal Australian lit) the Harlem Renaissance, the Southern Gothic and 20th/early 21st century London literature. She is currently working on a collection of essays on modern day rap lyrics and hip-hop culture, and it’s relationship with African American identity and modern-day feminism.
Passionate about women’s rights and international politics, Bridget has worked with Write Here Write Now, a DfID sponsored online global youth forum. She enjoys working with young people; she does poetry and spoken word workshops in schools, spent two years working with the Unicorn Theatre’s Youth Theatre, and has spoken at three International Women Conferences with school girls about body image, the media and modern-day feminism. With Point Blank Poets, she went to Rome to represent the UK at the 2011 Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. When she’s not blogging for Poejazzi, running with Run Dem Crew or sorting out the festival she set up with her friends two years ago, Brainchild, Bridget works in a bar serving drinks and hearing stories from strangers that eventually become poems. She also runs the open mics for her university’s Writers’ Society, and sometimes she does jobs like writing, teaching, tutoring, research, consultancy, editing, journalism and speaking on panel discussions. She particularly enjoys running drama and poetry workshops for young people; get in touch if you’d like her to work with you.