Charley Genever is a poet, writer, and creative producer. Living and working from Peterborough, she is a former Peterborough Poet Laureate, vice chair of the Syntax Poetry Festival committee, manager of the Peterborough Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate programmes, and produces her own quarterly spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’.
She has worked with a variety of arts organisations across the country, including The Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, and The Mighty Creatives. She is a Metal resident artist, and has received multiple Project Grants from Arts Council England to deliver projects, such as Freak Speak, and her debut solo show, Groom. As a workshop facilitator, Charley has a particular passion for working with young people in both schools and workshops settings. She was a mentor for Writer’s House, and a lead poet on Eastside Educational Arts’ I Know, I Wish, I Will national poetry project, culminating in a 25 hour young people’s poetry marathon at the Criterion Theatre in London.
In 2019 she was long-listed for the category of ‘Best Spoken Word Film’ in the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry awards. The project, ‘Eyes on Me’ was a series of collaborative poetry-dance films commissioned by Hawk Dance Theatre. Her work was selected to be part of the debut Nasty Women UK exhibition.
Her debut collection, ‘Unsexed’ was published in 2017 by BX3. She has also been published in multiple anthologies including ‘The Great British Write Off’ (Bonacia), Poetry Rivals 2015 (Poetry Rivals), ‘Madder Than We Look’ (Write Minds), and ‘W O M A N’ Mud Press.
Her words smack against eachother, bloodied and raw in equal measure disgusting and beautiful. She has a turn of phrase that is wonderfully unique and she paints a picture that exists somewhere outside of reality, weaving poems that live on in the memory.” – Yack Magazine