Sophie L Meredith made her debut on the slam poetry scene, coming third at the state finals in 2017. Staying true to her authentic self, Sophie’s talent is seamlessly revealed through her first book – We’re Going Ahead Without You. Although her journey in poetry only started last year, you can’t tell she’s new to it. Sophie’s poetry is autobiographical, telling some of her own and a few close family members’ stories. She explores a plethora of emotions that resonate with the reader; from sorrow to happiness, heartbreak to love, we feel it all. Notably, her poem ‘Isabelle’ explores the final moments of life. It’s raw and heartbreaking, and in it we feel her family’s grief. Meanwhile, her poem ‘We’re Going Ahead Without You’, which was written during Australia’s same-sex marriage debate, reflects Sophie’s activism for LGBTQI rights. By generating a discourse on social justice issues, this poem creates a paradigm of us (Australia) and them (who Sophie calls the “anti-equality person”), galvanising the reader to ‘Trump fear and hate and let love in’. And let’s face it, that’s a lesson we could all do well to remember.
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Sophie L Meredith is a current PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health. We’re Going Ahead Without You is her first poetry book.