You’ve reached the site for SuzieGeeForce, a Science Fiction Poet and Playwright!
So I’ve decided to do a formal/informal introduction!
Suzie GeeForce is a London based spoken word artist and playwright. She has performed poetry in London and Edinburgh and has had work published by Lunar Mission One, Visual Verse and Enigma Magazine. In 2016, she was nominated for the Long form Rhysling Award for her poem “Artist Signature” and published a collection of poetry called “Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together).
She is also currently working on a show called Real(ity) Test and a spoken word EP called Object Relations. She has recently taken part in a series of readings at the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) and performed at the Bifrost Cabaret at Nineworlds Geekfest 2016.
Her produced plays include: A Christmas Gift (2012), Terra Firma (2014), SUM (2014), The Reality Test (2014) Buzz (2015) Cuckoos and Chrysalids (2015), The Other Roof (2015) and Blue Blood (2015).
“Susan’s work is a subtle blend of truth, intelligence, coupled with a deep love of both science and science fiction […] The first three major works in the book are absolutely cracking and the order in which they have been chosen is perfect to lead the reader into her world, down the time/space vortex and she is the wisp like white metal rabbit droid, a world where the now and the future are irrevocably linked through the existence of energy itself which is the books given theme.”
Poet of Beard on Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together)
On my plays at Stars or Mars Theatre
“Sum feels in one sense like a modern re-evaluation of the core structures of theatre itself. Highly recommended.” Prof. Adam Roberts, SF critic and Writer (SUM at Bread and Roses Theatre, 2014)
“Gray’s play reflects an intense frustration with the current political system by transporting the audience forward into a future where this dissatisfaction has reached breaking point.” Georgia Rose, FemaleArts (Terra Firma at Camden Fringe, 2014)
“In Susan Gray’s new play Terra Firma, we see how people treat each other at the end of the world as we know it. Some are left to rot on a dying world and others escape to a more plentiful land. Just to make it even more damning, those lucky ones watch their dying former home as a type of entertainment.” View from the Gods (Terra Firma at Camden Fringe, 2014)
‘It’s great to finally see a play that’s not afraid of the SF genre label. Susan’s play proves you don’t have to run away from space ships and their attendant big ideas once you enter a theatre.’ Tajinder Hayer, Playwright, (on Terra Firma at Camden Fringe, 2014)
Speaking Worlds, Futures and Fantasies since 1990. Born to a Burmese Mother and English Father in London, England.
I said my first words at 3 (born in 1987). Those words, according to my parents, were “Shut up! You sit down!”
I’ve become less abrasive since then (sometimes).
Writing is my biggest passion without a trace of a lie. When I was 6 years old, I knew I’d be a writer. I wrote my first book at this age about a little girl who, under the impression that she was receiving a pet rabbit, receives a cat. Until she opens it, she doesn’t know the contents of the box. She spends the bus journey home with the pet carrier in total bliss. Maybe I was using the thought experiment of Schrodinger as a literary standpoint – or the struggle of anticipation vs. reality that we learn through childhood. Maybe I just wanted a cat.
I’ve been studying Creative Writing ever since and am currently in my final year of my Creative Writing PhD. Science Fiction and Magic Realism have been my genres of choice and these leak into my playwriting, prose and poetry.
Spoken word taught me confidence. Spoken word made me fight through depression, rejections and break-ups. It’s truly changed my life. I want to share it with you and be in a comfortable position to do so. I’d like the space to write even more. I want to create more opportunities for you.
I have performed at the Roundhouse, the Poetry Cafe, the Good Ship, the Free Word Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe. I have taught Science Fiction and creative writing in schools and communities. I want to continue these workshops, including performance poetry and linking these with the imaginations that Science Fiction and Magic Realism can bring.
You can see some of my poems at Visual Verse: http://visualverse.org/writers/susan-gray/
I’m also starting a new spoken word night for Science Fiction and Fantasy in London called Spoken Worlds. The first installment is on the 28th September at the Hackney Attic in London. Do hit me up if you’d be interested!
Playwriting wise, I’ve had and produced short and long plays including A Christmas Gift (2012), Terra Firma (2014), SUM (2014), The Reality Test (2014) Buzz (2015) Cuckoos and Chrysalids (2015), The Other Roof (2015) and Blue Blood (2015).
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