Elizabeth McGeown is a poet from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Working in spoken word since 2015, in 2019 she began to move into print publication, with publications in journals including Banshee, Abridged, Riggwelter, Fly On The Wall Press’s ‘Planet In Peril’ anthology and Anti-Heroin Chic. She has text and audio poems featured in Wave Four of Mark Anthony Owen’s iambapoet.com for which she received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem ‘SUFTUM’.
As a spoken word artist, she was longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2021 for ‘Best Spoken Word Performer’. She is a three-time All-Ulster/Northern Ireland Poetry Slam Champion, finalist in every All-Ireland Slam since 2016 and represented Northern Ireland in the Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Championships 2019 and 2021. She won the Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Spoken Word Platform 2019 and the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize 2019. She was chosen by judges from Dublin: UNESCO City Of Literature to take part in the Lingo Festival Slam 2015, placing third in the same competition in 2016. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 she was a featured artist at Allographic’s Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret becoming a regular ‘Cast Member’ for Other Voices from 2017 onwards. Featured gigs include She Grrrowls, Hammer & Tongue, Loud Poets, Electric Picnic, First Fortnight Festival, Body & Soul Festival, CS Lewis Festival.
In 2019 she completed a Scottish tour for which she was interviewed by The Irish News, guesting at Sonnet Youth and Poetry Circus, amongst other events. Her first e-pamphlet ‘’twas’ was e-published in December 2018 by Pen Points Press. She is working on writing her first full-length show and accompanying book for which she has been awarded a Support for the Individual Artist Programme grant by The Arts Council Of Northern Ireland, as well as being funded through the University of Atypical (a disabled-led arts charity, taking an empowerment based approach towards supporting disabled and deaf people’s involvement in the arts).
Elizabeth’s poetry focuses on themes of Feminism, mental health, disability, the body, neurodivergence, bullying, using metaphor to explore all of the above. As a Film Studies graduate she loves to explore the beauty of horror cinema and how it corresponds to real life, especially in the lives of disabled and neurodivergent people and how isolation can manifest in those lives.
“Elizabeth is always amazing, every time I see her, but she sets the bar higher every time. What an incredible talent.”
– Melanie Branton, author of ‘Can You See Where I’m Coming From?’ (Burning Eye)
“You know those Celtic spiral patterns – Elizabeth’s poetry, crossing and recrossing, gorgeous colours, elegant and disorientating.”
– Fay Roberts, host of Hammer & Tongue Cambridge and Allographic
“[These] poems are stupendous.”
– Rick Dove, author of ‘Tales from the Other Box’(Burning Eye, 2020)