Sandy’s writing is aimed at performance, but she thought it time to commit some work to the page, as she is finding late nights in artistic venues more difficult to manage these days. She started performing seriously in Whitstable in the mid nineties, having been left alone on a cliff top with very little warning, and has continued in the same vein since moving to the Isle of Wight to remarry and settle down.
The Island has proved a joy and an inspiration. The landscape is extraordinary, the pace of life so very sensible and the community full of exquisite ideas. There is a freedom here that makes one’s job of holding up half the sky so much less onerous.
Sandy has appeared many times at Island venues, as a poet and as a community musician, recently working with Island dance group, Samphire, who used both her poetry and her original music for a performance at the Ventnor Fringe. There have been forays further afield, mostly along the south coast of England, but she has also performed to aerospace engineers in San Diego and at a poetry café in Santa Rosa. Truly international, her career started at the age of four when she danced on Herne Bay Pier.
She writes because it delights her. She sings because nobody has thought to stop her. Time and wear have forced her to drop the dancing.
Interview with Sandy Kealty at IOW Literary Festival 2019 on Rosetta Radio