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Francesca Beard

Francesca Beard is a poet who has worked with audiences and artists in over 23 countries through her work with the British Council. She collaborates with communities and institutions to create public-facing experiences that ask challenging questions with kindness and good humour. She facilitates creative projects with a range of age groups, from babies and their carers in libraries to people living with dementia in care homes. Recent commissions include poems for The British Geological Survey, WikiMedia and Wellcome.

She has been artist in residence with B3 Media at The Banff Centre, Canada and The Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University to research possible ways of telling different stories. Her solo shows, ‘Chinese Whispers’, ‘How to Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse’ and ‘Confabulation’, were made in conversation with scientists and researchers, supported by Arts Council England. She comes from Malaysia and lives in London. To find out more, please visit