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Incarcerated women and the transformational power of poetry: Leah Thorn at TEDxCoventGardenWomen

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Published on Jan 25, 2014

Leah Thorn is a spoken word poet, tackling harsh realities with warmth, passion and compassion. At the heart of her poetry is the autobiographical exploration of culture and identity. Leah's work is published through performance and film, as well as featured in anthologies and magazines in England and the United States.Leah also runs workshops that are a fusion of spoken word poetry, autobiographical writing and listening skills. For the past ten years, she has led 'poetry-for-empowerment' workshops across the prison estate nationally. As a result of a two-year prison residency Leah compiled, edited and produced 'release', an anthology of poems and life-stories by and for women in prison, exploring how expressive writing can help to address the emotional distress that underlies self harm.
For more information, please visit www.leahthorn.com

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