To mark the 100 year anniversary of the women’s vote, Becky Cherriman will talk about the suffragettes and their lesser-known older sisters – the suffragists. What role did collective and individual action play in helping women obtain the vote in Britain? Why was a fairer voting system so crucial to improving women’s lives? Becky will discuss some of the dramatic acts and considered words of our female forebears with reference to local campaigners such as Alice Cliff Scatcherd, Leonora Cohen and Isabella Ford.
In the skins they wear, seven poets in their 40s walk the less travelled path to explore “the things that can’t be said” (Kei Miller). In the wake of the Windrush scandal, Brexit, the refugee crisis and the hostile environment, Michelle Scally Clarke, Sai Murray, Becky Cherriman, Richard Bostock, Cherie Taylor Batiste, Ricky Venel Stone and Julie Easley speak truths about intersectionality and the effect of racism and the repercussions of colonialism on their lives. This show is a calling to reflect on the things that stain our skin. Through spoken word, contemporary thought, song, jazz, movement and percussion.
Celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings ‘Women Write Now: Reading the Contemporary’. In this roundtable conversation, Leeds writers Amina Alyal and Becky Cherriman will discuss the intersections of writing, womanhood and the contemporary moment. How can women write back to crucial local and global issues? Join us for an enriching engagement with contemporary women’s writing.
Moving Worlds Contemporary Women’s Writing Showcase, in association with Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings and The University of Leeds
Performance and Film
Becky performs at a variety of venues from festivals to schools to museums to theatres to dementia wards to pubs to spoken word nights. She works both independently and with other artists and musicians to perform her own work and is open to bookings.
Words In Motion, The Tetley, April 2015, photos by Bryony Pritchard
Her experience includes a commission to devise and perform a children’s story on the theme of Geology for The Rotunda Museum in Scarborough, reading her poetry on the radio, performing at Seven Artspace and Stage@Leeds and being one half of music and spoken word act Frayed Edges. In 2015 her poem ‘Lucky Pendant’ was set to music by composer Adam Sangster and debuted at The Leeds Lieder. Becky has shared a stage with artists as diverse as Helen Mort, Antony Dunn, Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Hegley, Kate Fox, Michael Symmons Roberts, Michelle Scally Clarke, A Firm of Poets and Frank Sidebottom.
In 2014-15, Pru Fowler made films of two of Becky’s poems, ‘Pillion’ and ‘Paisley Quilt’. To date, the videopoems have been shown at The Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, Bridlington Poetry Festival and The Tetley. ‘Paisley Quilt’ was showcased at Moving Poems in January 2015. Becky’s performance of this poem won second prize in Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition 2011.
Watch other videos of Becky performing:
Woodchip (then That Room) at the 2013 ‘Versions of The North’ book launch in Nottingham
Listen to some of Becky’s early work set to music by Jonnie Khan at Myspace
If you would like to book Becky for an event or show Pru’s films, please email email@example.com or follow Becky’s blog to hear about upcoming performances and film showings.