Roisin Maeve is an artistic powerhouse.
A poet, a writer and a performer, the hard working wordsmith from Bowden likes to describe herself as a fire in the form of a young woman. Her work deals with many of the issues that modern young women face, such as feminism, sexuality, sensuality, love and loss.
Later in the year, Roisin is hoping to self-publish her first book, a collection of her personal writings on everything and anything a young woman of her generation might think, feel or experience.
“The theme of the book is strength in sexuality, self-love and loss,” Roisin said. “I really like to think it’s quite a personal collection of things. I want it to be like inviting the reader into my bedroom."
“I have always been really inspired by women who are commanding and who forge spaces for other women to do things. During my time as a poet I didn't think any of the things I was saying were important, but the response that I have had from people, particularly other women, has been so touching.”
In 2014 Roisin made it to the finals of the Australian National Poetry Slam with her poem ‘Warriors’. Now, with the help of Adelaide Hills photographer & budding filmmaker Lucy Corin, Roisin is hoping to create a short film to put pictures to her words.
“I went to the nationals with this poem in 2014 and so there is a video of me performing it live on stage, but I wanted something more about the poem so that I could get some hype going for the book I’m working on,” Roisin said.
“We both have very clear visions for the film. We want to expand the work for the film [to] bring in some abstract elements.”
This Sunday (June 5), the pair are calling on all women to participate in the film by forming an army of diverse, strong women standing together.
“Because the poem is so much based on feminist ideals and sexuality, we had a very clear image of a group of women standing behind me with the greater meaning being that together we can be bigger and stronger than we are on our own,” Roisin said.
“I always have my audience in mind, so to have them come along and be closer to this project will have a lot of meaning for me personally.”
The invitation is open to anyone who identifies as female and wants to be involved. All you need to do is show up, be willing to stick around for half an hour or so, and follow a few simple directions.
Lucy and Roisin will meet all the attendees at the King William Street end of Rundle Mall at 11.30am on Sunday, June 5. To find out more, contact Roisin on her website.