Laura Kestrel

A West-country girl at heart, the beautiful, sometimes mythical landscape and not-so-beautiful realities of growing up in Cornwall have influenced Laura’s poetry throughout her childhood, as a way to express herself in a way that no other medium quite could. Empowering on both a general, and individual level, she focuses on giving strength to the female voice in society.

Throughout her teenage years, Laura would incorporate poetry into any schoolwork wherever it allowed. Following this, in college, she began applying to poetry competitions, and having her submissions chosen. Her work has been displayed at various exhibitions in Cornwall, and she represented the South-West in the 2016 National Poetry Anthology.
For the last 5 years, Laura has also been freelance writing for three different national magazines, as well as creative-directing several large-scale photo-shoots for publication. 2016, however, was a turning point, in various ways. One of these was lifting her pen from the page, and to take to the stage with spoken word. Since coming back to University in the Autumn, she has been performing poetry regularly and writing new material at any opportunity she gets. The culmination of her efforts came to fruition with her first book, Lambs with Manes of Lions, which was published 24th August 2017. After securing a job in Canada, Laura Kestrel has taken her poetry across the world, where she has been exploring the Canadian, Franco poetry scenes, alongside teaching English to French children.