Stream by Kerry Bradley
In July 2015, poet Aoife Mannix was diagnosed with breast cancer. It made her ask a lot of questions. She doesn’t claim to have any answers. What helped was connecting with others who have also spent time waiting and wondering. There is a lot of fear. There is a lot of wonder. There is, more than ever before, the question of time and what we do with it.
In addition to live performances of the spoken word show ‘One Stage At A Time’, we are running creative writing workshops with Maggie’s Centre Oxford from September 2016. Maggie’s is a charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.
As well as Aoife’s poems, we are keen to showcase poetry written by people affected by cancer. You can use our creative prompts to get you started. Send us your work and we will publish a selection of the submissions we receive on this site. Send our digital gifts to someone you care about to let them know how you’re feeling or that you’re thinking of them.
Supported by Arts Council England. In partnership with Anorak Productions, Apples and Snakes, and Maggie’s Centre Oxford.
Aoife is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She has been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has toured internationally with the British Council including most recently Mexico, Vietnam and Nigeria. She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Goldsmiths. She has previously been commissioned to write for the National Archives, National Poetry Day, the BBC World Service, Portsmouth Museum, Bronte Parsonage, Wellcome Collection, and the National Gallery of Ireland amongst others.
About the team
One Stage At A Time is being developed by a team that includes composers, designers, producers, visual artists and writers. All of them are inspired by a desire to create meaningful connections for people affected by cancer. You can find out more about them here through their biographies, links to their own websites, and blog posts they’ve written about their involvement in the project.
One Stage At A Time is produced in partnership with Apples and Snakes and Maggie’s Centre Oxford.
About Apples and Snakes
Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation. It raises the profile of spoken word and pushes the boundaries of the artform through producing and curating live events and creative digital content, working extensively in partnership and commissioning and touring new writing.
Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.
Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. Maggie’s Centre Oxford is in the Patricia Thompson Building, Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Oxford.
About Anorak Productions
Anorak Productions is a small production company set up by Kerry Bradley in 2014 to make two short films with writer Aoife Mannix. Together they created ‘Lost at Sea’ and ‘Best’. ‘Best’ was shortlisted for the ‘Shot Through the Heart’ competition at the Southbank Centre. ‘One Stage At A Time’ is their latest project.
We would like to thank the following for their support in helping us develop this project:
Helena Anthony, Diana Aronstam, Celina Bassili, Alekko Batactoy, Holly Beatrix-Kelly, Theo Boswell, Eleanor Bowen, Anne Brodie, Ross Brown, Alice Cullerne Bown, Juliet Bryant, Rebecca Burman, Alice Clelland, Agathe Cury and Martin de Fleurian (House Of Greenland), Celia Dwolff, Maura Dooley (Goldsmiths Writers Centre), Sarah Ellis, Helen Evans, Maureen Fisher, Robert Ford, Freeword Centre, Avni Goyal, Kiara Gourlay, Helen Hampton (Pop choir), Joseph Hill (Anorak Productions), Sarah Lingard, Sara Lizzio, Claire Marriott (Maggie’s Centre Oxford), Fatima Molina, Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths Writers Centre), Lisa Mead (Apples and Snakes), Rebecca Mulholland, Maeve O’Neill (Apples and Snakes), Ursula Pelszar, Jack Perry, Betty Sims-Hilditch, Louise Sullivan, Heather Tyrrell, Ken Walker, Adrian Ward (Clay Interactive), Martina Waring, Petrina Wee, and Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London.