Yesterday was International Women’s Day and also the launch of the #MeToo anthology, a collection of poems written by women (including one from me) in response to the #MeToo campaign on social media last year and a subsequent call for poems from the wonderful Deborah Alma.
Held at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, the event was fully attended and it was an evening that left the audience embracing one another, glassy-eyed.
Deborah, Jill Abram, Jacqueline Saphra and Michelle Penn read a selection of poems from the anthology and time evaporated as we heard about the experiences of women; bruised, scarred, brave women.
The sense of solidarity and love in the room was inescapable — people united through poetry and shared experience, strengthened by the knowledge that the mistreatment of women doesn’t have to be a lonely experience.
Because it happened to #MeToo.