As part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in British Council Connect ZA and the Scottish Poetry […]
As part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in British Council Connect ZA and the Scottish Poetry Library are arranging poetic residencies between 6 Scottish poets and 6 commonwealth poets. Scottish poet Rachel McCrum and I are involved in the Scotland/South Africa exchange and I’m excited to be hosting her in Cape Town next week.
A little bit about Rachel… she is originally from a small seaside in Northern Ireland, and has been performing and promoting in Edinburgh for the past few years. She is one half of Rally & Broad, Edinburgh’s cabaret of words, music and lyrical delight; co-director of Stewed Rhubarb Press; and a long standing member of the Inky Fingers Collective. She has performed at Latitude Festival, Wickerman, StAnza and with Neu! Reekie, The Golden Hour, Fail Better, One Night in Rio, Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy, Blind Poetics and shared stages with Liz Lochead and Phill Jupitus. In 2013, she was runner up at the BBC Festival Poetry Slam, and winner of the 2012 International Woman’s Day Slam. Her first pamphlet ‘The Glassblower Dances’ won the 2013 Callum MacDonald Award, as a result of which she was the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Nafplio, Greece in the summer of 2013.
In addition to workshops with high school learners and university students, Rachel will be doing two peformances in Cape Town:
The Book Lounge, Cape TownDate: Thursday February 6
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm – 7pm
InZync Poetry Sessions, Stellenbosch alongside Khadija Heeger, and the INKcredibles
Date: Friday February 7
Do join us for what promises to be two amazing nights of poetry.
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