poet | performer | writer
If you ask her where she's from, Caroline Reid will tell you that before Kalgoorlie, Western Australia there was Bryngwran on the isle of Anglesey, North Wales (her mother's country) and Ballybofey in County Donegal, Ireland (her father's country). And she will tell you that before English she spoke Welsh (most of it forgotten now) but language and people are homes too and bits of both creep into the work she makes and writes.
Before spoken word poetry and short fiction she wrote plays, stories and poems that she didn't speak out loud. One of her scripts Prayer To An Iron God was published by Currency Press, not to wide critical acclaim. It is out of print now but if you contact Caroline and offer to pay for postage she will gladly send you a free copy.
Caroline's poetry and stories have been published by the likes of Cordite Poetry Review, Verity La, Red Room Poetry and her debut collection SIARAD poetry & prose was published in Australia in 2020 by ES-Press, an imprint of Spineless Wonders. SIARAD is also available as an Audiobook. In March 2021 Caroline and musician Jeffrey Zhang will perform SIARAD, the show at Adelaide Fringe. Yes, tickets are on sale now.
Often a late bloomer, Caroline didn't begin performing her poetry until 2016 when (she realised) there were fewer years ahead of her than behind. Keen to catch up on lost time, she went on to win multiple slam events, performed as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam (twice) and has been invited to feature at many spoken word events including Adelaide Writers Week and Perth Poetry Club.
Caroline will tell you that before all this writing there was music. Her mother was her first music teacher; her second was Kevin Bloody Wilson. Both have shaped the way Caroline uses language today.
Caroline Reid's work is not soundproof. It works best when read out loud. If she could, she would recite everything she wrote in Welsh, but that's a work in progress. She also loves talking on the radio and working with filmmakers to transform her poetry into moving pictures which have been shortlisted and screened in international festivals.
"As a performance poet, Caroline Reid is dynamic and adaptable, shifting gears in response to the space and the people who share it. Filled with warmth and knowingness, she is a gem. I highly recommend her for your event if you're lucky enough to get her."
– Steve Smart, Melbourne Poets Union, Sloth Arts, Dan Poets