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Alright! I’m Maria Ferguson, and I’m a poet and theatre maker from Romford in Essex. My dΓ©but one-woman show Fat Girls Don’t Dance won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show in 2017. Follow-up show Essex Girl won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival in 2019 and was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award.

My debut collection, Alright, Girl? was published by Burning Eye in March 2020 and was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. It is available to listen to as a binaural recording as part of the Living Record Festival, which runs from 17th Jan – 22nd Feb 2021.

You can find out more about the festival by reading my blog post

And you can order your signed copy here

Alright, Girl? published by Burning Eye Books on 2 March

“Extremely personal, yet highly relatable, Alright, Girl? is a frank exploration of class, gender and belonging. Maria Ferguson reflects on her working-class heritage, her journey into womanhood and the choices she must now face in an age of austerity and gentrification.

Full of hear and humour, these poems chart the familiarity of East End pubs, the pangs of loss, the mercy of love and the inescapable bonds of female friendship”

Alright, Girl? was launched on Burning Eye Books’ Instagram page in April and you can watch it back on my IGTV, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Flawless. An essential read for the 2020s. Salena Godden

Ferguson is a poet for the people, washing her dirty poems in public and holding your eye as she does so. We need more voices like hers, democratic and challenging. Clever, funny, frank and uncompromising. A warrior. Joelle Taylor

Highly Commended for the Forward Prize

Maria Ferguson | Forward Prizes 2020
The Forward Book of Poetry 2021

Was gonna be chill about this but actually NAH MATE. I never in my WILDEST dreams thought my poetry would appear in this book, let alone a poem about burning my eyebrows off after too much tequila. Thank you Forward Prizes & THANK YOU Burning Eye Books LOOK AT THAT LIST 😲πŸ₯³πŸ˜

My latest one-woman show
Essex Girl

Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous. Collins English Dictionary

After my run at VAULT Festival, I took Essex Girl to pubs around the UK with Inn Crowd, as well as festivals including Brainchild and Port Eliot. I then did a UK theatre tour from September to November 2019, and will continue to perform it once I’m finally able to again!

Essex Girl wins Show of the Week award at VAULT Festival

VAULT award | Maria Ferguson | Essex Girl
With my fellow award winners at VAULT Festival

I am beyond surprised/excited/jubilated/losing my f**king shit that Essex Girl won Show of the Week for Week 2 at VAULT Festival 2019. I am so proud, so happy, so astounded, so pleased πŸ˜„πŸ’™πŸ’‹πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸΌ

Signed books available in my online shop

Fat Girls Don’t Dance and Essex Girl play-texts, and ‘Alright, Girl?’ collection

You can purchase signed copies of my two play-texts in my online shop! They’re both published by Oberon Books, and are available alongside my debut poetry collection Alright, Girl? (published by Burning Eye Books).

Fat Girls Don't Dance, Saboteur Award Winner: Best Spoken Word Show 2017, Oberon Books. Essex Girl, shortlisted for Tony Craze Award 2018, Show of the Week at VAULT 2019, Oberon Books. Debut poetry collection Alright, Girl?, Burning Eye Books 🐼