Joelle Taylor is an award-winning spoken word artist who has written poetry and plays. She has performed at hundreds of venues nationally and internationally with the British Council. She was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts and in 2015 The Southbank Centre in London named her as one of the Nelson Mandela 67 Change Makers who have altered the face of Britain. She is widely anthologised and her poetry is included in the English GCSE syllabus. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in various literary journals.
SONGS MY ENEMY TAUGHT ME - Out-Spoken Press - 10 July 2017
Songs My Enemies Taught Me is a collection of back alley poetry and flick knife tales detailing women's struggle against sexual terrorism and colonisation. Songs of independence. Songs of survival. Songs of uprising. Comprised of poetry, text messages, landays, letters and news flashes these are stories plucked from women s lips across the globe and re-imagined by award-winning poet, playwright, and author Joelle Taylor. After having worked for several years with survivors of sexual violence, incarcerated women and those living within clflict zones, we arrive at a poetry that is not only stylistically varied and masterful, but truly magnanimous in its apporach in bringing female persecution to light.
Praise for SONGS MY ENEMY TAUGHT ME:
'Joelle Taylor's poetry roars and soars and conjures up the most extraordinary images ot express the unsayable, the shocking and ultimately the great compassion she feels for hte plight of women around the world' - Bernadine Evaristo
'Joelle Taylor, pioneer of the British spoken word scene, a gentlewoman that has us in her grips with every syllable, has written Songs My Enemy Taught Me - bringing to the fore her powerful signature style of storytelling. The book is as much personal as it is about where we are globally as women today. Taylor writes about childhood sexual assault and the subsequent journey of healing and recovery - and she does this with a microscopic lens that draws you to consider and reconsider what you think you know about the world around you.' - DIVA magazine
'An interesting read and a visual feast' - Poetry Review Journal
'A book of songs that must be heard; here is a triumphant call to arms and an epic and glorious read. This book is a riot, a protest for justice and peace' - Salena Godden
'an absolutely necessary poetry collection. It is essential for hte poet to sing our women selves into the world.' - Malika Booker
'One of the most edifying and crucial books on gender inequality I've ever read.' - Anthony Anaxagorou
SONGS MY ENEMY TAUGHT ME is the third full collection from award-winning poet and playwright Joelle Taylor. The poems contained within see Taylor recount, for the first time, her own early experiences of abuse, moving on to traverse a range of afflictions faced by many women and girls around the world. After having worked for several years with survivors of sexual violence, incarcerated women and those living within conflict zones, we arrive at a poetry that is not only stylistically varied and masterful, but truly magnanimous in its approach in bringing female persecution to light.