Sophie McKeand

is creating poetry, food & travel writing

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I’m making the first three tiers of Patreon ‘pay what you can afford’ or ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ because I want everybody to be able to access my work, But! I do have to make a living and hope you’ll honour this with a fair offer relevant to your earnings of either the $1, $3 or $5 tier.


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I’ll publish two original chapters from the OUTSIDER book each month exclusively for Patreon supporters, which may also include:

·  a poem

·  a photo journal by Andy Garside

·  a unique recipe inspired by a certain place or experience


I’m making the first three tiers of Patreon ‘pay what you can afford’ or ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ because I want everybody to be able to access my work, But! I do have to make a living and hope you’ll honour this with a fair offer relevant to your earnings of either the $1, $3 or $5 tier.

Your support is very gratefully received. 

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I’ll publish two original chapters from the OUTSIDER book each month exclusively for Patreon supporters, which may also include:

·  a poem

·  a photo journal by Andy Garside

·  a unique recipe inspired by a certain place or experience


I’m making the first three tiers of Patreon ‘pay what you can afford’ or ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ because I want everybody to be able to access my work, But! I do have to make a living and hope you’ll honour this with a fair offer relevant to your earnings of either the $1, $3 or $5 tier.

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About

Dear friends,

Firstly I want to thank you for taking an interest in this slow-living, evolutionary journey as my partner (graphic designer & photographer Andy Garside) and I work to slow our lives down & decouple from the stresses & expectations of our hyper-fast culture. We've been living a minimalist, nomadic existence full-time in our van on the road with our two rescue hounds since November 2107 and have no plans to stop any time soon. 

Last night in Italy, sleeping under fruiting cherry trees, I dreamed of a strong, wide river. Filled with bravery, I swam into the centre & was carried swiftly downstream. I wasn’t drowning, but the fast-flowing river bundled me much farther than anticipated. I wasn’t able to swim for the riverbank so had no choice but to give myself over to her power. Lying on my back I felt the currents’ insistent fingers push & pull me in circles as we travelled at speed through lush green forests overlooked by cloud-swaddled mountains. Eventually I was able to reach the riverbank & walk on solid ground. Holding fear in my hand like a riverstone, I examined its origins & realised that the fear was not of the water but of how far I’d unwittingly come. I felt a swell of panic as I wondered how on earth I would manage to find my way back. I suppose the question I’ve woken with is - do I want or need to find my way back? Maybe the river carried me to exactly the place I need to be & the work now needs to be focussed on developing the skills to explore & map this beautiful, if a little terrifying, new terrain. 

Part of this is having faith in the writing, in the creative process and the river of inspiration that has carried me here. What this teaches me is that, although I am disconnecting from certain elements of capitalism, I still live within this system and as such it is absolutely okay to ask for money in return for the writing. I set up this Patreon page last year but didn’t have the confidence to properly promote it for a million various reasons to do with self-worth, but I love this life & want to keep sharing the insights & inspiration found on the road. I've also been asked on numerous occasions when the book will be out, and I realise that I am writing the book, here & now, in real time, in Slow Time, so, starting from June 2019, I’m going to publish two new pieces here each month (mid and end of each month). I truly hope you decide to join this journey it would be utterly wonderful to have you along for the ride. Sent with much love & respect, Sophie ♥️🌿


Here’s the official biography:
Sophie is a poet of water and earth; of migration and roots. All of these tensions form the vibrant threads of her multifaceted work. Both the natural world, and our interspecies community, are woven throughout Sophie’s poetry and life in celebration of these kaleidoscopic forces that bring meaning to our days.

Sophie has performed extensively on-stage including Hay Festival, Kolkata Literature Festival (India), as well as at various events for Caught by the River and Dark Mountain. Commissions include for the Woodland Trust, Erasmus+ 30-year celebrations, BBC Radio Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre; and her work has featured on BBC Radio 3 & 4 as well as TEDx. Sophie has taught performance poetry workshops in universities, schools, festivals, libraries and coffee shops across the UK and India for organisations such as National Theatre Wales, Literature Wales, Arts Council Wales, The Woodland Trust and the Kolkata Literature Festival.

Sophie is currently slow-travelling across Europe with her partner and two rescue-hounds. This experience invites a more nomadic, minimalist way of being into her life and art, encouraging the exploration of issues such as land ownership, borders, nationalism, consumerism, environmentalism, belonging, and the poetic imagination. This is reflected in her current writing that can be found at: www.sophiemckeand.com/outsider
The new poetry collection, Rebel Sun, is available in hardback from Parthian Books.
www.sophiemckeand.com

“Politics and nature, individuality and community, are all fused in McKeand’s grand and capacious vision. It is what makes this book so charismatic and endearing.”
Poetry Wales (Rebel Sun review)

“… a serious, as well as a seriously playful, poet.”
New Welsh Review

"Sophie McKeand joined us on stage at The Good Life Experience … where she captivated the audience with her profound, mythological, musical poems that not only crossed borders but seemed to dismantle them entirely, collapsing time and space and merging visions of the past with narratives of the personal"
Caught By The River

'Sophie McKeand's Rebel Sun is no dying star, but a fiery tour de force, full of surreal and ingenious imagery. [...] a passionate and heartfelt book, a collection of modern agitprop poetry in which Marxism and landscape rub easy shoulders, and the Rebel Sun acts as an agitator, its manifesto calling for a reconnection with the natural world [...] Accomplished and vibrant, this is a collection to cherish.'
Kathy Miles, Planet Magazine

Sophie writes poems in which strange, old, true things are forced into contact with the present. They twist and turn and you never get quite what you expect from them, which is what gives them their power… some of the most interesting poems I've read in a long while. Genuinely original.
Paul Kingsnorth

An allusive, restless sensibility turned outwards to the world; her words have heft,
they grasp their way out of poetry into landscape.
Jay Griffiths

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