Rachel McCrum & Caroline Bird

Inky Fingers & Raise The Bar present a fantastic night of spoken word to launch two new poetry collections - 'The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate' by Rachel McCrum and 'In These Days of Prohibition' by Caroline Bird

12th Sep
8pm | £10

Award-winning poets and performers Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird have teamed up for a double-headliner spoken word tour!

Caroline Bird -In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet Press, July 2017)
In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. The surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us living. In These Days of Prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’.

“What an original captivating and spellbinding voice. Bird is fearless like ‘the girl who dropped her ice-cream down a volcano and leaped in after it’. She is dangerous and witty too with a rare quality of imagination. This is a wonder.”
Lemn Sissay

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Rachel McCrum -The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate (Freight Books, June 2017)
The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate is the eagerly anticipated debut collection from the award-winning Rachel McCrum. Recognised as one of Scotland’s highest profile poets and performers and co-founder of cult spoken word night Rally & Broad, her first collections asks questions of displacement and of the elasticity of space; of human defensivenes and of animal aggression; of inertia and movement: of threat and of resistance. What happens when we raise our voices? What happens when we are no longer heard?

“This is angry poetry, hungry poetry but never lean, mean poetry – she salivates and slavers, at times stretching language almost to breaking point, stuffing it full till it’s almost spilling through the slits in meaning, the five sound senses singing out generous, gargantuan and gorgeous in lists and litanies, polemics and parables; this is poetry that performs itself on the page out loud and proud – then can turn on a sixpence and stop the heart with a sudden, spare moment of naked vulnerability and tenderness.”
Liz Lochhead

“Rachel McCrum’s debut poetry collection, The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate, is bold yet sensitive, effervescent yet sincere, placing emphasis on the voices of women and their strength, rage and vulnerabilities.”
★★★★ The List

“McCrum has been a champion of live literature in Scotland, and her poems – irreverent, heart-wrenching, rallying – have etched themselves into the literary landscape of the country she has now left behind.”
★★★★ The Skinny

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