Aanka Batta is a performance poet, academic and equality and diversity consultant. She is South Asian born, residing now in South West England and focuses her work on social justice matters. She speaks and performs on race, migration and gender. Her poetry is multilingual, lyrical and draws on history and mythology. She has performed across theatre venues such as MAST Mayflower theatres, The CornExchange, Moseley Baths, The Lighthouse Poole ; and at various festivals such as The Secret Garden Party, Buddhafield, Love Jam and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. Aanka also performs at demonstrations and conferences. Aanka consults with the environmental movement as an expert on racial and social justice and uses poetry to open conversations around these matters. She hopes to do the same with the heritage movement.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3dIeGs4o-w
Rowan Prescott Hedley is a poet, playwright, songwriter, and performer based in Dorset. They use mixed discipline performance with improvisation and audience participation to engage traditional audiences in non-traditional theatre and question their assumptions, biases, and perspectives. They feature queer, neurodivergent, and intersectional themes in their work. They have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and across the South West in venues including Lighthouse Poole, at music festivals, and with theatre companies. They have also written for Total Theatre magazine and won runner up prize to the inaugural Lighthouse Playwriting competition. They are a charitable trustee of two Dorset arts organisations.