"This is Sandra Alland's brilliant Beckett cut-ups... The images come so fast you sometimes feel like a Slinky falling down the stairs, yet the emotion and intention are clear, moving, and often funny."
– The Skinny (Edinburgh/Glasgow), * * * *
Bio: Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and performer. Her work has been published and presented throughout the UK, North America and Europe. Sandra has recently been added to Queen Mary University of London's Archive of the Now.
Sandra's poetic love-affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking (espresso, Toronto), is co-winner of Canada's 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She has published two other books of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction.
Sandra's work has been anthologised in publications including Poems For Pussy Riot (English PEN), The State of the Arts (Coach House Books), Outspoken (Playwrights Canada Press), Can'tLit: Fearless Fiction (ECW) and Matrix Magazine's New Feminisms. Other publication highlights include subTerrain (Vancouver), Gutter (Glasgow), Trans*_Homo (Germany), Drunken Boat (US), make/shift (US) and Alucema Review (Spain). She was recently guest editor at Jacket2 for a special edition on Scottish poets, and will co-edit an anthology of disabled UK poets forthcoming from Nine Arches Press (with Markie Burnhope and Daniel Sluman).
In 2013, Sandra was awarded an arts commission from the LGBT History Month Cultural Commissions Fund (Creative Scotland), to mentor six new queer & trans* deaf and disabled filmmakers, and create new documentary work. The films have screened in Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Leeds, Stockholm and Berlin. Read more about the QTDD Video Project.
Sandra has had major exhibitions and screenings in Birmingham (mac), Glasgow (Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art) and Stirling (macrobert). Her group shows include Berlin's Schwules Museum and London's Tate Modern. Sandra's short films have shown at galleries and events in Scotland, England, Europe, Canada, and the US.
Since 2009, Sandra has curated Scotland's cabaret and visual arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! and SEEP. She also programmed the multimedia film-based event, Who's Your Dandy? in association with Edinburgh Filmhouse in 2014.
Sandra has a reputation for innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and performances. She has performed widely throughout the UK and internationally, including at Edinburgh International Book Festival (Words Per Minute), Soho Theatre (Oxford Playhouse/ Chroma), Scratch (The Arches), Jawdance (Apples & Snakes) and Aye Write! Festival. Sandra currently collaborates with They They Theys.
“The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange.”
– Lock Up Your Daughters Magazine, Glasgow
Sandra has been artist-in-residence at Canada's Banff Centre, Mexico's FONCA, and Scotland's Trongate 103 and GoMA. She created Canada's first Silent Slam (a live, projected writing competition), and curated events for Canadian entities including The Theatre Centre, This Ain't the Rosedale Library, The Queen West Art Crawl and Mayworks Festival of Working People & The Arts.
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