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Sophie McKeand

Rebel Sun

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This book will be released in MAY 2017

Pre-Orders are charged at time of order and the book will be posted to you as soon as it becomes available.


Young People’s Laureate Wales April 2016 - 2018 Winner of the Out Spoken award for Innovation in Poetry 2015 Longlisted, Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014

‘Sophie writes poems in which strange, old, true things are forced into contact with the present. They twist and turn... some of the most interesting poems I’ve read in a long while. Genuinely original.’

–Paul Kingsnorth

‘An allusive, restless sensibility turned outwards to the world; her words have heft, they grasp their way out of poetry into landscape.’ – Jay Griffiths

‘Sophie McKeand embodies her poems in performance, the words flying off the page and flashing like fireflies. The effect is mesmerising and visceral.’ –Fiona Owen

A collection about the fluidity of time and place, Rebel Sun charts our gradual unraveling; the compulsion to transform and shape-shift, to slowly unwind roots from the earth – grow fin and feather, know water and sky.

Michael Sheen performed a poem Sophie McKeand had written for the 50th Anniversary of the Abarfan Disaster at Wales Millennium Centre in 2016:


Following the success of our crowdfunder for Cawl by Siôn Tomos Owen in 2016, this is our next crowdfunder in 2017. Support this project here. Sophie McKeand is a mesmerising performer and TED talker. She has gigged regularly across the UK and will make videos and offer some very special perks for those wanting to pledge their support.


Sophie McKeand is an award-winning, self-employed poet from north Wales with poetry published in various magazines such as Poetry Wales, Tears in the Fence, The Lonely Crowd and Bare Fiction. She has performed at Green Man, Wilderness, Uncivilsation, Dinefwr and Focus Wales festivals as well as on the Caught by the River stage at The Good Life. Blogger at Huffington Post and new contributor at Wales Arts Review as well as being creative associate at Get The Chance. McKeand currently focuses on bringing poetry to various community groups across Wales through working with organisations such as Literature Wales, National Theatre Wales, Arts Council Wales, Age Cymru and Barnardos.