The Drowning Woman by Sophie McKeand

The Drowning Woman by Sophie McKeand | A.i.R

This piece about Sophie McKeand‘s Drowning Women performance is part of the new Wales Arts Review ‘Artists in Residence’ line-up series. Throughout 2017 these artists, including Sophie McKeand will take a leading creative role in what Wales Arts Review publishes, centring their skills on a challenging project over the course of a month. We were inundated with applications, receiving hundreds of emails about the positions, and it was no easy task whittling down all that talent to this final eleven. Our team of six editors debated long into the night, and in the end, we decided on a collection of people who we most want to work with, and whose work excites us. We think you will be excited by them too.

Sophie McKeand is a writer of water and earth, of migration and roots. These threads of poetry are woven throughout McKeand’s life in celebration of the kaleidoscopic forces that make up the unnameable essence of being.

January’s Wales Arts Review Artist In Residence is filmed here performing “The Drowning Woman” at last year’s Focus Wales festival in Wrexham, a perfect taste of what to expect from McKeand’s live shows.



Sophie McKeand’s performance of The drowning woman orrrr confessions of a poet from on Vimeo. It may only be 2:15 long, but it’s a truly moving experience that highlights Sophie Mckeand’s talents within poetry. The fact that Sophie won the Out Spoken Award for Innovation in Poetry and that her work has been published in several publications such as Poetry Wales, Dark Mountain and The Lonely Crowd, is not surprising with the quality of this piece in particular. 


Sophie McKeand is one of the selected artists to contribute to Wales Arts Review as part of the 2017 Artists in Residence line-up series. More pieces by McKeand and the other artists that were selected are available through the link.