Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott (photo by C McNamee)

Jo Shapcott (photo by C McNamee)

Read more about Jo and listen to some of her poems here.

You Are Here – but where is ‘here’? Earth.
 
Tell us why you write poetry … There is no alternative.
 
What does it feel like when you’re writing a poem? Flying/hairpulling/
tiptoeing/dancing/handstanding/scratching/tightroping/singing/sweating/
soaring/effingandblinding/soulwhispering/itching/crawling/scrawling
 
You Are Here is a poetry show about identity. If you were a superhero with a secret identity, what would it be? Chameleonwoman, the shapeshifter.
 
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever given a poetry reading? In a cave.
 
Who would you like to see in the audience for a You Are Here performance?  Shakespeare and my auntie.
 
Rock stars on tour demand bowls of M&Ms with all the red ones removed on their riders of backstage demands. What’s on a poet’s rider?  A cup of tea (please).

Here’s Jo’s recent article about ‘female’ poetry … http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/nov/09/do-women-write-female-poetry

Here’s Jo’s poem ‘St Brides’ in the Times – this is the first poem that Jo reads in the show … http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/poetry/article7003594.ece

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