On the opening day of this year's Edinburgh Fringe, the writer and graphic artist and poet Lesley Traynor was challenged to produce a piece of art work that interpreted the first day of the festival.
Her intention? To photograph female poets that use fierce words to smash glass ceilings, blast barriers.
Our challenge? Bring a word that has empowered you. Bring a piece of poetry that speaks your truth.
Before I even got there I was excited. But I hadn't realised just how incredible the event was to be...
Just before 3pm, a group of female poets gathered in the cobbled street outside the Scottish Poetry Library and we were soon creating friendships and bonds. And as the church bells up and down the Royal Mile marked 3 o'clock, Lesley kicked the event off with a piece of her own work.
And her word?
One after another, the women bounded up to the front of the circle. They shouted their poems for passers by, and for the whole world to hear. Unashamed. Unrestricted. Unaccustomed to such freedom to express exactly what they wanted to say. The atmosphere was electric.
The poems were honest and powerful. The fierce words were cheered.
SPIRIT SISTERHOOD EQUALITY FIESTY
QUEEN MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
COCK-A-DOODLE-DO DERANGED POETESS
JOY J.F.D.I [Just Fucking Do It!] VOICE
As a novelist, I get to express my ideas in 80,000 words, so being asked to choose 1 word was a real challenge.
Tell me. What would your word be?
Huge thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for supporting the event!
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.