Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer with a Masters in Creative Writing and a cat called Jones.
Her previous commissions include: writing and performing for Freedom Showcase (The Literature Network); The Poet in the City, Spoken Word All Stars Tour and Beyond Words — a U.K. tour of four South African poets, including Keorapetse Kgositsile, the South African Poet Laureate (Apples and Snakes). In 2008 she was one of 50 international artists in residence at Stratford Theatre Royal.
In 2011 she won a Decibel commission. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. In 2013 she has spoken at the House of Lords; presented at Plymouth University’s Zombie Symposium and performed at London’s prestigious 100 Club.
She has been published by The London Magazine, Hearing Voices and Magma Magazine,
amongst others – and features in Bloodaxe Books’, Raving Beauties anthology and Candlestick Press’ ‘10 Poems about…’ series. Her full length collection, ‘The Venus Papers’ will be published by
Burning Eye Books in September, 2015.
Lydia is currently collaborating with renaissance one to organise a tour of her one woman show, The Venus Papers, whilst continuing to develop her other work, Reading Zombies – a show heavily featuring her cat.
In addition to writing and performing she is an experienced facilitator. She is the Chair and Compere of WORD! (www.wordpoetry.eu) – the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands and also works more broadly across literature. For more information see: www.secretagentartist.wordpress.com
What have people said about Lydia Towsey?
‘I love the way her performances convey specifically female experiences without pulling any punches at males (or other deserving targets) but also without making at least one male feel entirely at home with their concrete & constantly entertainingly authenticity.’
Michael Horovitz, Poet, Performer and Editor, New Departures
‘Lydia Towsey is an imaginative poet and performer who carefully crafts her work for both the page and the stage. Her work is a pleasure to read and a joy to watch.’
Kevin Fegan, Poet and Playwright