Steph Pike is a feminist socialist activist and a committee member of Manchester People's Assembly, part of the national movement against cuts and austerity. She has been widely published in anthologies and her pamphlet, All of the Deep Bits, was published by KFS Press in 2010. Steph performs regularly across the country, including at many left-wing and feminist demos and rallies, has produced 5 minute word portraits as part of a human photo booth, and organised guerrilla poetry protests.
Challenging oppression with objectivity and prejudice with passion, feminist activist and poet Steph Pike confronts the politics of social, economic and gender inequality with a viscerally charged and indisputable truth.
Includes a Foreword by Rosie Garland.
"Steph Pike is indeed a pétroleuse of furious, exquisite, necessary language: setting fires of declamation for those stripped of their voice and unmasking patriarchy's creeping dystopian gaze by poking it eloquently in the eye." - Lucy Lepchani, poet, writer & educator
"Seawater floods the city streets, petrol and sweat scent the air. This is salty back-pocket semaphore, full of fury and love, for all those in need of hope." - Michelle Green, author of Jebel Marra [Comma Press]
"Steph Pike's poems are like that one person at the party you know you can have a real conversation with." - Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
"An invitation to the voiceless to know they, too, can speak." - Rebecca Bilkau, Beautiful Dragons Press
Bernadette Hyland's review of Pétroleuse on Lipstick Socialist.
Laura Taylor reviews Pétroleuse at Write Out Loud.
Cover image by the author.
Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.