ABOUT

'Wonderful, both sad and inspirational. I sincerely wish there wasn't a glass ceiling, but at least having Megan Beech to throw stones at it seems some compensation!'

- Professor Mary Beard, Dame and Professor of Classics at Cambridge 

'Beyond honoured to be namechecked in this fantastic #womenwhospit film [...] More power to your elbow, Megan (and your tongue!)'

- Lauren Laverne, broadcaster

'Megan Beech is one of the powerful voices of young feminism today - giving a voice to a new generation of women growing up, examining the status quo and finding it wanting.'

- Laura Bates, author and founder of Everyday Sexism

Megan Beech is a performance poet. She was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2011. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival.

 

Her debut collection 'When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard' was published in 2013, and her latest book 'You Sad Feminist' was released in 2017.

Her poetry has featured on the Sky One's 'Russell Howard Hour' and the BBC iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit', which was the most viewed arts content from the BBC in 2015. Her work has featured on BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 3, and Sky One.

She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and Evening Standard's list of 'Ten 21st Century feminist icons'. Her work has also been mentioned in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, and Grazia magazine.

 

She has a particular interest in intersectional feminist causes and refugees and has written commissions and performed for the anti-FGM charity,The Vavengers, The Royal College of Midwives, NHS Female Genital Multilation Prevention Programme, The Big Issue, Amnesty International, and 38 Degrees.

She has run writing workshops in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, as well as Further and Higher Education workshops and arts institutions including The British Museum and The Southbank Centre.  

 Alongside her poetry, she has written articles for various outlets including The Guardian, The Platform, and she also contributed a chapter on her experiences in psychotherapy to Ariane Sherine’s ‘Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person's Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help’.

 She lives with a mental illness too and has given several TEDx talks on her experiences. 

'All hail the power that is Megan Beech! She is by far the strongest female freestyler I have ever had the infinite pleasure to witness, she responds so quickly and energetically to an idea that it leaves a person breathless.' 

- Joelle Taylor, poet