SHE NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS
This week poets Malika Booker, Natalie Linh Bolderston and Olga Dermott-Bond bring to life traditional stories of powerful women. We hear about the West Indian temptress La Diablesse, Vietnamese Warrior Triệu Thị Trinh, and the Irish giant-trickster Oonagh McCool.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her work has been longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize, and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize, and she is published with the poets Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire in the Penguin Modern Poets series. Malika is a fellow of both the Complete Works and Cave Canem and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Leeds University.
Natalie Linh Bolderston is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet living in Greater London. Her work is often inspired by her family’s experiences as Vietnamese-Chinese refugees living in the UK, as well as the stories and beliefs that have been passed down to her. Natalie’s poetry pamphlet The Protection of Ghosts, was published in 2019 by V. Press. Her work has been published in harana, The Tangerine, Oxford Poetry, and come second place in the Timothy Corsellis Prize.
Olga Dermott-Bond is a former Warwick Poet Laureate and was part of Room 204 writer development scheme in the West Midlands. She has been commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Poetry School Primers and was runner up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition. Olga is a commissioned artist for Coventry City of Culture 2021, and her work has been published in Magma, Under the Radar, Ink Sweat & Tears and Candlestick Press’s Ten Poems about Breakfast.