Poetry and Spoken Word Biography
“the literary love child of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg” Sarah McIntosh, Broadway Baby
Selected Performances to 2013 to 2015
2015: August Edinburgh Fringe, Free Festival. In Sweet Thunder as Threesome. Renroc Café, Edinburgh.
2015: August Manchester International Conference Centre. In Sweet Thunder as Threesome, Manchester.
2015: August Manchester Pride. Sackville Stage.
2015: July Cunning Linguists Line-up. Plus workshop ‘writing the body erotic’. L Fest, Staffordshire.
2015: July Ludlow ~ Ludlow Fringe “Welcome to the Cliterati” Blue Boar, Ludlow. Poetry and stand-up.
2015: July In Sweet Thunder as Threesome. Eat Up! Shrewsbury.
2015: June LGBT Poetry, The Phoenix, London.
2015: June Bar Wotever, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London.
2015: April Wenlock Poetry Festival. The Big Busk, Wenlock.
2015: April Woman Up! The Emporium, Brighton.
2015: March Velvet Tongue, London.
2015. January Housmans Restaurant & Bar, Church Stretton.
2014: October Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury. With Elvis MacGonagall, Barry Tench and Mia Cunningham.
2014: July Celebrating Queer Bodies, Opal Food+Body Wisdom. Seattle Pride event. Seattle.
2014: July Seattle Spit, Seattle, USA.
2014: July L Fest, Uttoxeter racecourse, Staffordshire.2014: September Charity Cabaret Fundraiser for Women’s Centre, Brighton.
2014: October Velvet Tongue, The Book Club, London.
2014: November Slick, Sitting Room, Ludlow.
2014: Feb Bar Wotever, Royal Vauxhalll Tavern, London.
2013: August Threesome, Edinburgh Fringe, Word of Mouth Café, Edinburgh.
2013: June Wildrose, Seattle, USA.
2013: Shrewsbury Coffee House, Shrewsbury.
2013: Hit the Ode, Birmingham.
2013: Pure and Good and Right, Leamington Spa.
2013: December LFestive, Nightingales, Birmingham.
As a member of The Queer Poet’s Society from l997- 2000 I performed in various London venues including the London Pride arts programme. I was an award winner in a national Queer Writer’s Competition. In 2005 I received a small arts grant for a monologue ‘IAQS: an audience with uncertainty’ performed at the Ellen Terry Performing Arts Building, Coventry University and directed by Paul Allender.
2014 Filthy Lucre. Poetry chapbook.
My work has appeared in Ambit, Mslexia, Raw Edge, Asylum, Kaleidoscope and Nomad.
Poetry for Transformation: Exhibitions and Academia
The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers.” Adrienne Rich
2015: Making: an exhibition of ourselves. Exhibition organizer. In conjunction with 5th International Critical Dietetics Conference, Manchester International Conference Centre.
2015: Use of the Poetic Imagination in Healing from Body Shame. Eating Disorder Recovery Service conference. San Francisco, USA. February 7th
2014: October. Completing the Circle. Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK.
2012: September. Aphramor L, Gingras J, Morley C. Symposium: Coming in from the Edgelands: Artist Dietitians Speak. Critical Dietetics conference, Sydney, Australia.
2011: The Body Project. Mixed media exhibition and poetry. The Glasshouse, Coventry.
2011: Aphramor, L. And Gingras, J. Poetry and Medicine Conference, Embodied context: poetry for a critical dietetics, May 7th, Warwick University.
2011: August 19-20. Poetry performance. 1st International Conference of Critical Dietetics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
2010. October 21. Love your body day. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Thursday. Sponsor Coventry Peace Festival.
2009: October.The Body Project. Mixed media exhibition and poetry. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.
2009: June 12-14 Aphramor, L. Truth is not academic. Beyond Nutritionism Seminars. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Invited speaker.
2009: Aphramor, L. & Gingras, J. That Remains to Be Said: Disappeared Feminist Discourses on Fat in Dietetic Theory and Practice. In The Fat Studies Reader. Eds E Rothblum & S Solvay. New York University Press,
New York. (pp. 97-105). http://bit.ly/1JT8pxZ
2007: “Coventry Circa 2007”- It could have been so beautiful. Mixed media Exhibition with poetry. Minstrel’s Gallery, St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry.2007: Aphramor, L. Bodies and Knowledge: positivism, poetry and a future (for) dietetics. Coventry University, Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Invited speaker.
2004: Aphramor, L. A Knowing Organisation? Equality, Diversity and Dietetics. 14th International Congress of Dietetics, Chicago, USA.
2004: Co-founder of ‘Odyssey’, a creative writing project for people at risk of social exclusion.
2003: Mind Conference Sep 2003 Institutional Invisibility in Mental Health.
2002: Invited poet in Crossing Boundaries project. Warwick University’s Advanced Writing Course.
2001: November Mind Annual Conference ‘Poetic Endeavours: Putting the Humanity into Healthcare – the use of poetry in training mental health staff’ with Peter Campbell, survivor activist.
2001: Creative Ambitions Award, West Midlands Arts. Poet-mentorship with the late Amryl Johnson
1998: The Alternative Ideal Home Exhibition: Poetry and Sculpture (with sculptor Claire Knights) supported by Guildford Borough Council
1997: Certificate in Combined Studies Surrey University (poetry, literature, women’s studies)
I have also used art-based engagement while working as a community dietitian. I organised and /or delivered regular arts events in central Coventry in collaboration with third sector partners working in the arts, wellbeing and inclusion such as Wood end Family Centre and The Foyer. I’ve also been a ‘wandering scribe’ at community events producing poems-to-go from the stories people shared with me.