The Poets are Coming: Rachel Amey

What do people need to know about you?

I’m a writer because I have something to say and I try and say it in the best way I can

I’m a regular on the Scottish spoken-word scene, with several slam wins to my name… I’m delighted to be part of SHIFT/ collective and have the space to do a solo full length show… the last time I performed a piece of this length was for Arches Live 2010 (**** The Scotsman)… I’m a writer because I have something to say and I try and say it in the best way I can…

What are you up to this Fringe?

I’m performing at Summerhall as part of SHIFT/ (Peacock Blue, Thursdays 13/20/27th August, Cairns Lecture Theatre 9.30 -10.30 pm )

On Thursday 20th August I will be joined on stage by Yvonne Waddell – a sign language interpreter who will interpret the performance into BSL.

What else are you going to see?

Jesus, Queen of Heaven by Jo Clifford and also Grandad and Me are my two main things - they’re at Summerhall as well so that feels like cheating… plus lots more spoken word…

What is your favourite word?


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