A poet, writer, performer and storyteller whose wild work, forged in the fantastical reaches of deep imagination, brings to life new stories for our strange times.
Jennifer Leach is a poet, writer, performer, storyteller. Her work is wild, forged in the fantastical reaches of deep imagination; she works with myth and archetype — in an unscholarly, instinctual way — to bring to life new stories for our strange times.
She is passionate about love and equality, justice and acceptance; she is both an activist and a dreamer. She is Director of Outrider Anthems, the company she established in 2011; it seeks to offer a sanctuary of (challenging) creativity in the inevitable turbulence of climate breakdown. It is a home for all Outriders – those who travel the lonely and perilous path to the boundaries of knowing and experience; the Outriders return with news of distant horizons, to collectively create new anthems for new ways of living.
Each day, Jennifer feels the full honour and magic of being alive, spiritually and creatively charged, in these times of painful change.
Jennifer is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared her piece, We are Stardust, on Day 31 of the 40-day series.
Jennifer’s ClimateCultures Posts:
Artist and writer Jennifer Leach recalls the journey from a sharing of darkness at a climate conference for artists and scientists, and the year-long festival she created in its honour, to her new book, Dancing in the Dark. Read More
Writer and artist Jennifer Leach shared some of her stories at Reading's Earth Living Festival. Here, she discusses these questioning tales for a world's ending -- and the relaunch of her Outrider Anthems enterprise as a sanctuary of Read More
Artist Jennifer Leach shares another story she performed as part of Festival of the Dark's micro-festival Dazzle. It's a tale of transformation: stretching imagination, shifting vision as key to waking us up. What if the world were other? Read More
Artist Jennifer Leach shares a story about bees, honey, hexagons and robotics. What the Bee Sees is the first of two stories Jennifer performed at the Festival of the Dark's micro-festival Dazzle. What if the world were other? Read More
Artist Jennifer Leach selects three objects that evoke a past, present and future Anthropocene, and highlights care and nurture as constants across humanity's ages and communities. Her words move from prose to poetry, suggesting a timeline of hope. Read More
Artist Jennifer Leach introduces Reading's year-long Festival of the Dark, whose purpose is to gently lead people into the darkness -- a place of stillness, mystery and contemplation, and a locus of the unknowing and the unknown. 790 Read More