Introduction

Zoë Brigley Thompson is the author of three books of poetry: Hand & Skull (2019), Conquest (2012), and The Secret (2007), all published by Bloodaxe. She also has a collection of nonfiction essays, Notes from a Swing State (Parthian 2019), and edited the academic volume Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (with Sorcha Gunne).

Recommendations

Times Literary Supplement: "Death and life are inextricable and this book has a defiant mark of hope.”           Emily Trahair: "Brigley's sense of social justice is woven with delicacy and strength, in a voice that is neither daunted nor hectoring."

about this site

  Back in 2004, I started a blog called The Midnight Heart via Warwick Blogs, which the Times Higher Education Supplement listed as one to watch. This new site is a continuation of what I started there.

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Zoom Tips for Making Poetry Events Safer

I have recently experienced a number of Zoom-bombings at poetry readings. They're unpleasant and upsetting. This post is designed to help organizers of poetry events to make their readings safe from gross interference. It is written in the spirit of positive learning and knowledge sharing together as a community. Let me know if you have [...]

Public Gaslighting & Violence Against Women

I just wrote up an article for Wales Arts Review, which is about recent cases of violence against women and public gaslighting. I made a bitesize podcast about gaslighting for the podcast Sinister Myth, because often people don't quite understand it. I explain it all in the article which features responses to the Sarah Everard [...]

Workshop for Creating A Found Poem

I was lucky today to be part of a great panel on found poetry organized by Carrie Etter at the NAWE Conference this afternoon. I had some technical issues and I couldn't add the handout with two of my own poems on and a workshop exercise. But here are the exercises: Found Poetry Exercises Simone [...]

Magic & Instinct in Writing Prose about Trauma

A few weeks ago I attended a great event held by Electric Literature on  Magical Feminism, an editorial discussion with Marie-Helene Bertino and my friend and colleague Elissa Washuta. It was a really inspiring discussion. You can watch the video back here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acqg3qqk Halimah Marcus interviewing Elissa Washuta & Marie-Helene Bertino I really liked what Marie-Helene Bertino [...]

Witchy Poetry Events

So it is nearly time for Halloween, Samhain, the Day of Dead, All Hallow's Eve. Whatever you call it, it's a witchy time of year, and I have plans for organizing and attending some great literary events. First up, this Monday 26th, I have booked my ticket to attend a great event from Electric Literature: [...]