Em Strang is a Lead Reader for Open Book, facilitates workshops in Embodied Poetry and has spent the last five years teaching in HMP Dumfries. She is currently setting up a Centre for Embodied Arts, which will offer outreach for ex-prisoners and refugees, as well as workshops in embodied creative practice – what is the role of the artistic mind and body in authentic self-expression? Her writing preoccupations are with 'nature', spirituality and the relationship between the human and nonhuman. Em’s first full collection, Bird-Woman (Shearsman, 2016), was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prize and won the 2017 Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award.
Photo: Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston