Bryony Bates is a writer and performer based in Manchester. Her performance at Emerging Talent: Scratch Night will be of a poem she’s currently working on called ‘Coleoptera’, about etymology, extinction and beetles. While the poem doesn’t deal explicitly with LGBTQ+ themes, part of the intention behind her approach is a kind of queering of poetic language and viewpoint.
Bryony’s credits include There is a Light: Brightlight, 15 Minutes and She Bangs The Drums with Contact Young Company, Mother’s Bloomers at the Royal Exchange, as well as cabaret performances at RITE and Creatures of Catharsis. Her first solo poetry pamphlet, States, was published in 2017 by Enjoy Your Homes Press; she has also been published in Dostoyesky Wannabe’s Manchester ‘Cities’ anthology, Adjacent Pineapple and MAI: FEMINISM AND VISUAL CULTURE.
Let Them Eat Cake by Marjorie H Morgan
Let Them Eat Cake was recently shortlisted at the 2018 Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Awards.
The short play is an investigation of the dilemma facing a Black British gay woman, who is the daughter of a pastor, and gets engaged to a man to appease her family, however she realises that this act is a strike against her authenticity so she calls on her lifelong friend to help her decide what to do.
Marjorie H Morgan is a writer, journalist and playwright. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the 2018 Independents Liverpool Biennial where she created critical and creative responses to the arts festival.
TranScripts was an 8-week creative writing programme, organised by Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Mental Health’s Consortium, that welcomed trans* and non-binary gender writers to commune, write and perform together led by professional writer and mentor Marj Morgan.
The writers cover everything from transitioning, mental health, living an authentic life, family, friends, solidarity, art, creativity and the work will transport you to new worlds inspired by fact, fiction and perhaps a mix of both.
As part of Homotopia’s Scratch Night, some of the participants will be performing their work.
Ruthie is a self-proclaimed “Wonky Wordsmith”. Wonky, she explains, “Wonky” because I am have delightfully deformed digits and because I am not sexually straight i.e. I identify as lesbian.” The local poet’s motivation for performing LGBTQIA+ themed poetry is to empower members of that community as well as to creatively communicate important issues to allies and non-allies, the latter who hopefully, consequently become allies.
Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has described Ruthie as “an eloquent, natural performer”.