Hull-born poet Vicky Foster is the founder of Women of Words. She has lived all her life in this city where the rivers can still stop the traffic, where waters can overrun the streets and where festivals and nights out are held on piers and marinas. Living there, she has developed a great love for her city, but also the realisation that there are some things you can never control and that often the best thing to do is learn to ride the tides. Like the water, poetry has always been there for Vicky – but at the age of 18 she decided to put down her pen and go and find something to write about. Her work has been featured on the BBC’s The Verb and she is a renowned performer in Hull’s vibrant Spoken Word scene. Her first poetry collection, Changing Tides, is published by the King’s England Press. She tweets as @vickyfosterpoet .
Michelle Dee is a tireless ambassador for the arts, known for her words charting cultural change in Hull. Since graduating with a first class honours degree in Interactive Media/Digital Media Journalism from Hull School of Art and Design, she’s worked with many acclaimed, local and national media projects and programmes, including writing and performing at BBC’s Contains Strong Language for Women of Words debut show Queens of the North and again for CSL18 Home Town Story She wrote and performed the text for Gary Clarke’s Into The Light (Yorkshire Dance) for LGBT50. Michelle enjoys experiential projects which test her limits, such as in the Fighting 4 Queerz project for Pride 2018 for which she surprised herself – and everyone else – by learning to box. And immersing herself in the fantastical costume-led theatre works with artist Bluebeany. Michelle has been festival blogger for many years at Humber Mouth Literature Festival and Heads Up Festival and was one of the first wave of contributors for BBC Radio 4 Listening Project.
Lynda is an award winning actor and writer whose career began when she became a singer in Hull’s first girl band, Mandy and the Girlfriends. Her work is both hilarious and thought-provoking, tackling challenging subjects with humour, insight and a delicate touch. She writes and performs as part of the Mucking Fuddles group, and in 2017 she be took her one-woman show, Dirty Bitches, to the Edinburgh Fringe. Her website is lyndaharri.wordpress.com and she tweets as @muckingfuddle .
Julie is a poet currently having a gap year from her creative writing PhD at University of Hull. Julie writes about place and home. Sometimes she plays a drum and sometimes you will find her at her allotment. Her website is here
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Louise has been writing since she could hold a pen. It’s where she escapes, finds adventure and therapy. But it took eight years, four novels, thousands of rejections, and a few tears to get a book deal. Orenda Books published How to be Brave in 2015. Louise’s second book, The Mountain in my Shoe, came out last year, and her third novel, Maria in the Moon, will be released in September 2017. Her fourth, The Lion Tamer Who Lost, will be published in 2018, and she is working on number five.
Cassandra Parkin is a Hull-born writer with a passion for fairy-tales. Her short story collection New World Fairy Tales won the 2011 Scott Prize, and her debut novel The Summer We All Ran Away (Legend Press) was shortlisted for the Amazon Rising Stars award. She has since published The Beach Hut and Lily’s House, and her fourth novel The Winter’s Child will be published in October 2017. She was also accidentally funny for a while, when her blog post “Fifty Things That Annoy Me About Fifty Shades Of Grey” went viral in 2012.