Liberated Words began life as a one-day curated screening as part of MIX – Merging Intermedia Conference 2012 at Bath Spa University, which Sarah and Lucy also founded and co-organised (and were on the steering panel for Mix II in 2013).
Videopoems are a burgeoning field – they come in all shapes and sizes but usually include a combination of text or language, sound and moving images.
Sarah Tremlett, videopoet, artist and writer on art and videopoetry, co-founded Liberated Words with the performance poet and novelist Lucy English.
Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, has a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Creative Writing. She is a British poetry filmmaker, artist, poet and arts theorist/writer, with one of her scripts produced on stage and optioned for film in the US. She has been invited to give talks on poetry film around the world and has been screening her videos since 2001.
Described as a ‘visual philosopher’ by Karina Karaeva, (Video Curator, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow) for her work experimenting with the aesthetics of text in film and relational subjectivity (matternal philosophy, Springer, 2009), she has been known since 2005 for researching and defining the term ‘contemplative’ poetry films, developed in her thesis on rhythm and poetry film. She has also been innovative in implementing poetry film projects e.g. between schools in English, Media and Dance; with autistic teenagers and also combining creative writing with teaching English. She is passionate about inclusional philosophy, redressing balance in social and environmental issues and bringing poetry film to a wider audience.
Lucy English is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate and Master’s Creative Writing courses. Her specialisms are performance/spoken word poetry, public speaking and writing for digital platforms.
Lucy is one of the organisers of MIX, the Bath Spa conferences in digital writing and is currently studying for a PhD in Digital Writing, creating a digital poetry film project, The Book of Hours.
Lucy has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days (2000) and in 2006 was artistic director of Apples and Snakes Poetry Tour, Exposed.
In 2007, Lucy was a finalist in the first BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam. In 2010-11 she toured the UK with the acclaimed Arts Council sponsored multi-media poetry show, Flash, and in 2014-2015 toured with Count Me In. She continues to perform and produce spoken word poetry.
Lucy has toured Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan with the British Council, running workshops and performances and has also run workshops for Arvon.
As an RLF consultant fellow, Lucy runs training workshops in UK universities.