Solstice – Sarah Tremlett- Lucy English – UK

Sarah Tremlett is a poetry filmmaker, writer, artist and arts journalist/theorist. She has an MPhil in Poetry Film, an MA in Creative Writing and a BA (first class honours) in Fine Art Practice.Her poem films and prints play with different forms of composition, from haiku and minimal, concrete visual text to live footage landscape or portraiture and sound with image. Overall she is interested in what she has termed contemplative poem films that are slow, minimal films that are part of her zenzonepoemfilm project. She is also interested in the concept of a moving painting as poem; and how a poetry film might work in new, contemplative or philosophical ways. In the past she painted in a much more active form of neo-Expressionist style before turning to digital media, as you can see from her selected artworks. She has always written poetry but now there is the possibility to combine it with visual art in response to a number of overwhelming issues particularly the desecration of the natural environment.

Lucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), set in contemporary Bristol; Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days (2000), set in a Suffolk commune in the 1970s.

She is best known as a performance poet, first winning the Bristol Poetry Slam in 1996, and going on to tour worldwide, performing her poetry at many international festivals. Her first poetry collection Prayer to Imperfection was published by Burning Eye books in March 2014.

She co-ordinated the International Conference in the writing and practice of performance poetry at Bath Spa University and since then run the first performance poetry module at a UK university.  In 2006 she was artistic director of Apples and Snakes Poetry Tour, Exposed. In 2007, she was a finalist in the first BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.

She has toured Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan with the British Council running workshops and performances. She has also run workshops for the Arvon Foundation
In 2010-11 she toured the UK with the acclaimed Arts Council sponsored multi-media poetry show Flash and in 2014-5 toured with Count Me In.

She is one of the organisers of ‘MIX’, the conferences in digital writing.

She is co-creator of the poetry film organisation  Liberated Words, which curates and screens poetry films.

She is currently studying for a PhD in digital writing creating a digital poetry film project, ‘The Book of Hours’

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