Becci Louise is a writer, storyteller and performer who specialises in poetry. She often travels, delivering performances and workshops with her companion parrot, Maya, who is a big hit with audiences and workshop participants alike! Becci is a qualified teacher and spent four years teaching English in comprehensive schools in the South East, before taking the leap to being a full-time writer and performer.
Currently, she is Poet in Residence at two senior schools on two days per week but delivers workshops wherever she is called to do so, including in schools, libraries, museums and arts centres. She also teaches creative writing to adults as part of Bracknell and Wokingham College’s community learning programme. She performs across the South East with Maya the parrot, bringing word-power to whomever they happen to meet.
Becci was a resident artist at the Roundhouse in Camden between 2012 and 2015, where she researched and developed a show that was granted Arts Council Funding and eventually completed a week’s run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2015. She has worked with the creative organisations, Apples and Snakes and SPOKE on several projects, including workshops at the Poetry Potting Shed in Olympic Park and Word’s A Stage at the Freeword Centre. In May, 2015, she delivered a TEDx talk at the University of Kent about the importance of poetry as way of recovering from, and healing, mental illness and was a keynote speaker at the 2016 CILIP conference, where she spoke about the role that library spaces could play in developing places for mental healing. Her show, A City of Foxes, has been shown at The Roundhouse’s Last Word Festival and the Reading Fringe Festival, where it won the Fringe award for a show that ‘moved and impacted its audience.’ Her second show, ‘6 Ways To Break A Bird’ was well received at the 2016 Reading Fringe Festival and received a 5-star review from Broadsheet Boutique. She regularly performs as Wise Words Festival and Reading Fringe Festival and has also been a guest poet at Bang Said The Gun, in London, and Find the Right Words, in Leicester. Between July and October, 2017, she completed a residency with Poole Museum to celebrate twenty-five years of Anthony Caro’s ‘Sea Music’ sculpture on Poole Quay.
Becci’s first full-length collection of poetry, ‘Octopus Medicine’, was published by Two Rivers Press in September, 2017 and was described as ‘dynamic’ and ‘utterly enthralling’ by The Interpreter’s House Magazine. Becci has recorded some of her poetry with the Reading-based organisation, Creative People, and her work can be downloaded from her Bandcamp site (see her VIDEOS page for further details).
She is currently working on her first novel.
Becci has worked in a variety of educational settings before to deliver workshops around writing and creativity. She is currently poet in residence two days a week in a Hampshire school but is also highly involved in working with her local community in Reading, including projects with Reading Libraries and The Corn Exchange.
Becci also offers shows and workshops to small communities, including schools, residential homes and colleges.
(Central fox illustration is courtesy of Catt Hannah at http://www.catthannah.co.uk)