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"This is not My Coming Out Poem of Pain, 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's poetic love-affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking, is co-winner of the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She has published two other books of poetry, Blissful Times (BookThug, Toronto, 2007) and Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan, Toronto, 2004). In 2009, Edinburgh's Forest Publications published Sandra's chapbook of short fiction, Here's To Wang, which went into its second printing in 2010.
Sandra was awarded an arts commission from Creative Scotland and the LGBT History Month Cultural Commission Fund 2013, to mentor six new queer & trans* Deaf and disabled filmmakers, and create new documentary work. The films have screened in Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London 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!.
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 Steadfast, Lawrence, Chris Red & Nathan Gale in 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'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), Chroma Journal (London), anything anymore anywhere (Edinburgh), Trans*_Homo (Germany), Drunken Boat (U.S.A.), make/shift (U.S.A.) and Alucema Review (Spain). She was recently guest editor at Jacket2 for a special edition on Scottish poets.
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.