Eryn McDonald (they/them)

Photo by Tyrone Lewis of Process Productions

Eryn McDonald is a Member of the Sword Forge Collective 2022 – 2023.


Eryn is a dancer, poet and performer. They usually write poetry as a way of processing things, especially when dancing isn’t an option. Their writing is often inspired by queerness, relationships and political rage. Sometimes it’s just rage.


  • Associate writer at Round Lemon.
  • Technician for ‘Manic’ by Raina Greifer.
  • Published in Sapphic Writers Zines ‘Fairwell at Your Fingertips’ and ‘Meet Me On Lesbos’ [ get them here ]
  • A competing member of the Bath Spa University UniSlam team who came 3rd at UniSlam 2021.
  • A competing member of the Bath Spa University UniSlam team who came 4th at UniSlam 2022.
  • Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival’s Slam Finalist 2022.
  • Featured on BBC Radio Bristol via BBC Upload (‘No Lights at Sea’)
  • Collaborated with InkBomb to create a spoken word film ‘Girls on Wheels’.



Eryn is a natural spoken word artist. Able to weave beautiful metaphor into rich social-political stories told with a personal edge. From gender to the difficulties of asylum seekers and refugees, Eryn can handle the hardest topic with the ease of a born storyteller. One. To. WATCH.

Kathryn O’Driscoll, UK Slam Champion 2021

McDonald masterfully captures both the quiet beauty and sharp cruelty of the world in a way that’ll leave you anchored and outraged.