Biographies
Monday, July 25, 2005, 01:52 PM




Francesca Beard was born in Malaysia and spent the 70's growing up in
Penang, an idyllic island paradise. Since then, quite frankly, life has been down-hill all the way, but with occasional slow climbs... a bit like mowing a sloping lawn. After a spell in real jobs, she gave it all up to become a fictional character and now exists as a London-based poet, performing spoken word to lucky audiences all over Britain and the World.





Kosmopolis, Barcelona, 2011 Photo by Carlos Cazzuro




Francesca Beard performs poetry and spoken word all over the UK as well as internationally with the British Council. Her one woman show 'Chinese Whispers' was produced by Apples and Snakes and toured nationally and internationally after a three week run at BAC. She has a family show called 'Animal Olympics' which kicked off a national tour after a three week run at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe. She's had a short play on at the Royal Court Theatre and has performed at the Barbican, the SouthBank, Warwick Arts Centre, Latitude, The Big Chill and the Houses of Parliament to name just a few great venues. She’s been called ‘spine-tingling, witty and narcotic’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry’ (London Metro) She has been writer in residence at the Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Metropolitan Police, has written plays for radio and has been on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre and the BBC as one of the UK’s most promising writers. She is currently working on ’storyverse’, an interactive format for live and on-line participants with B3 Media, supported by Arts Council, England, developed through residencies with Banff Centre, Canada and the Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University. To find out more, please visit www.francescabeard.com




Wordsmiths, Warwick Arts Centre, 2012




Francesca Beard performs poetry and spoken word all over the UK as well as internationally with the British Council. Her one woman show 'Chinese Whispers' was produced by Apples and Snakes and toured nationally and internationally after a three week run at BAC. She has a family show called 'Animal Olympics' which kicked off a national tour after a three week run at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe. She's had a short play on at the Royal Court Theatre and has performed at the Barbican, the SouthBank, Warwick Arts Centre, Latitude, The Big Chill and the Houses of Parliament to name just a few great venues. She’s been called ‘spine-tingling, witty and narcotic’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry’ (London Metro) She has been writer in residence at the Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Metropolitan Police, has written plays for radio and has been on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre and the BBC as one of the UK’s most promising writers. She is currently working on ’storyverse’, an interactive format for live and on-line participants with B3 Media, supported by Arts Council, England, developed through residencies with Banff Centre, Canada and the Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University. To find out more, please visit www.francescabeard.com



British Council, Khartoum 2013 Photo by Mohamed Altoum




Malaysian-born, London-based artist Francesca Beard is a writer, performer and workshop facilitator. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, in various poetry collectives and with one woman shows ‘Chinese Whispers’ . She represents British literature all over the world with the British Council and was lead artist on ‘Speechless’, a three year programme across East Asia which culminated in emerging poets from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan performing at the Royal Festival Hall. Her visits in the last year include performances and workshops in Khartoum, Kampala and Chengdu.
You can read her introduction to performance poetry ‘Power in the Voice’on The British Council website. Her children’s show, 'Animal Olympics', developed in association with Chinese Arts Centre and Soho Theatre and premiered at the South Bank’s ‘Imagine’ Children’s Festival has toured nationally and internationally. She has written plays for BBC Radio 4 and was on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre in 2008 as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging writers.

Francesca gained experience and training through the Apples&Snakes programme PIE (Poets in Education) and has been working as a workshop facilitator in creative writing, poetry and performance since 1999. She runs one day workshops and masterclasses for all ages, as well as working on longer term projects with theatres and organisations, such as the National, Creative Partnerships, Arvon, Spread the Word, Eastside and Booktrust. She has been writer in residence at many institutions, including the Barbican, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the Natural History Museum, the Metropolitan Police and the BBC.




PoetryQuest at King's Place for The Prince's Educational Trust for Children and the Arts, 2013 Photo by Amit Lennon



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Louche Self-Bolstering...

"Spine-tingling... Witty and narcotic."
The Independent

"...witty and whimsical... a quality-guarantee."
The Evening Standard

"Sensuous and funny""
Time Out

"The Queen of British performance poetry."
London Metro

"Brilliant, illuminating all manner of euphemisms, dreams, lies and hidden agendas."
The Scotsman

"Just as long as it makes you happy"
My mum