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The Goddess, the Red Tent & the Poet


With National Poetry Day this week (3rd October) we thought we’d re-visit an interview with local fundraising poet Siobhan Fennell who kindly created two poems for International Women’s Day earlier this year. Read about Siobhan’s inspiration from Seshat, the Egyptian Goddess of Writing, and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant…

Siobhan has harnessed her love of creative writing to raise funds for charity and wrote two poems, A Women’s Celebration and an untitled poem about body image, especially for Derby’s celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in March 2013. We asked her to tell us more about her inspiring fundraising, why she wrote the IWD poems and why IWD is important.

Why is IWD important?
International Women’s Day is a unique opportunity to celebrate half the human race in all of their incredible joyous difference and similarities. It is just one day that will capture our myriad of talents, strengths and boundless contribution to society.

What was the inspiration for your IWD poems?
‘A Woman’s Celebration’ was inspired by a book called ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant that helped me understand women’s strength, endurance, talents and sisterhood throughout history. I have three sisters and a daughter and we’ve all drawn inspiration from this beautifully told story.
My second poem has no title. I hope it will inspire women to look inside themselves to find their own talents and be strong enough to tell the world about them, find your own story, don’t be forced into conforming, surface beauty is shallow and exploitable. The pressure to conform to stereotypical images of beautiful women leaves too many feeling inadequate. We can support each other to ensure that all our strengths are valued in society.

***Enjoy the full interview and the two poems here, download:  Siobhan interview about IWD poems

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