Bridget Hart is a poetry editor and producer based in Bristol, UK
Bridget Hart (they/them) is a Bristol-based poet and producer. They are preoccupied with discomfort and loneliness in their writing – the inner conflicts of identity, class, gender and sexuality. How they create complex shapes for us to exist within and grow.
Bridget has performed at a variety of events including Cheltenham Literature Festival, Verve Poetry Festival, Manchester Punk Festival, Shambala, Boomtown Fair, Audacious Women Festival. In 2017 they released the debut pamphlet Better Watch Your Mouth (under their dead name Jenn Hart) with Burning Eye Books. Their work is published in Poetry Rivals, Paper & Ink Literary Zine, Chapess Zine, Dear Damsels, Riot Grrrrl UK, Ink, Sweat & Tears and the Poetry Health Service. Their second collection Chewing Gum, inspired by Grease, is out this year.
‘A kiss on the lips and a punch in the stomach.’ – Agnes Török
‘…it’s easy to understand punk through the male prism of John Cooper Clarke and Attila The Stockbroker. But Bridget is proving that punk also means being honest and open. Autobiographical. Raw.’ – Henry Raby
‘…they are not afraid to speak out, and they empowers other womxn by their ability to do so. It is important that we see and hear and read womxn like Hart, and to see them accepted into the wider world, refusing to not be accepted.’ – Carmina Masoliver
Bridget Hart is the co-editor of Burning Eye Books, an indie poetry press based in the South West. Burning Eye is the biggest publisher of spoken word/ performance/ slam poetry in the UK. Bridget has appeared on panels and facilitated workshops on modern publishing and is a regular judge for UniSlam.
Bridget is also a freelance editor, helping performance poets to recreate their poems for the page and for publication.
Bridget Hart is the South West producer for For Books’ Sake, they curate and host Bristol’s premier queer feminist night That’s What She* Said. They are also the co-producer of popular podcast for punks Chips and Beans with Cassie Agbehenu. The podcast is a monthly catch up on DIY punk, queer culture and relationships.