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Charley Genever

Charley Genever is a poet and creative producer best known as Peterborough Poet Laureate 2016. At 24, she was the youngest poet to have been awarded the title, and so far she has worked with and performed for Verve Poetry Festival, Cambridge Junction, Apples and Snakes, The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre. In April 2016 she performed in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall at the finals of Poetry Rivals, and in 2019 her poetry film ‘Touch’ was longlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Now 27 and living and working from Peterborough, she’s a team captain at ‘Write Club’ alongside Mark Grist, and produces quarterly spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’, which has been featured on Picador’s Books list of ‘Best UK Spoken Word Nights’. Her first collection, ‘Unsexed’, was released in May 2017 (BX3).

Charley often writes viscerally and vulnerably from her perspective as a young feminist woman, exploring and provoking how women navigate their bodies and minds in a world which constantly silences and censors them. Her next project, GROOM, is her first one-woman spoken word show unpicking how and why women are taught make-up routines and shaving and diets in order to be deemed acceptable; the inherent shame and low self-esteem that develops with us into adulthood.