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Hannah Chutzpah is a performance poet, writer, activist, feminist, socialist, smartass, and a klutz. She has been described as ‘fine’ by three therapists, as ‘of good character’ by a high court judge, and as a ‘potential maggot-thrower’ by the Metropolitan police.
She studied creative writing at UEA, and has been performing since 2009. Her poetry is funny, feminist and often heartfelt. On a number of occasions her poetry has made people cry. Apparently in a good way.
Hannah has performed everywhere from Occupy to the Tate Modern and the National Space Centre. She is an Edinburgh Fringe regular, and her one-woman show about permission ‘Asking Nicely’ received five star reviews in 2014 and 2015, and was voted ‘Best Feel-Good Spoken Word Show’ on the PBH Free Fringe.
Hannah occasionally runs writing workshops for adults or in schools, and she booked the creative writing programme for Nine Worlds Geekfest for a couple of years.
Nice reviewers have said:
“Her poems are performed with an infectious energy … Chutzpah’s confidence and determination are inspiring: this is a gorgeous, life-affirming, empowering show. I left at least three inches taller.” – Three Weeks
“This show had me giggling, sobbing and punching the air. Sometimes simultaneously.” – Opus Independents
“Fascinating ideas, expressed eloquently, amusingly and with supreme lyricism.” – Sabotage Reviews
“By turns comic and poignant, political and surreal, Hannah’s poetry made the audience laugh and made them think, a dangerous combination.” – Literary Ely
“Strums your heart’s strings more than Slash’s guitar” – Rik the Most, Promoter
“No matter how foolish this young lady is, she really does have a serious point” – Guardian Comment is Free commenter
Hannah has had articles published in the Guardian and the Independent. She’s had poetry published by The Poetry Society, Fuselit, Dot Dot Dash, The Paper, Under the Fable and Rising magazines. Her debut pamphlet is published by Allographic Press.
Her short story ‘The Hour’ was published in Story after coming 3rd in The Happenstance Press’s short story competition.
She’s been shortlisted in the Metropolitan University’s poetry competition, judged by Andrew Motion and Jackie Kay, and has been a Poetry Rivals finalist three years in a row. She won a competition run by Tom Vowler for the best six-word short story. (The winning entry was “Wolves got your grandmother. You’re rich.”)
- Hannah writes feminist pop-culture blogs for Bad Reputation
- She volunteers with Netpol – the network for police monitoring
- She was a finalist in the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Campaigner Awards (London Social Justice Category) 2012
- She won the title Zombie of the Year 2011 (bestowed by the Zombie Rights Blog)
- Professionally Hannah is a web editor and copywriter, formerly in academia and publishing, now working for charities.
Twitter is probably the quickest way: @Hannah_Chutzpah. Alternately: Hannah (dot) Chutzpah (at) gmail (dot) com.
If you’re a promoter please feel free to use any of these images for promoting gigs and projects I’m involved in.
Performance shots courtesy of Boomerang Club