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Rachel McJury

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English

I have worked for many years within the arts environment initiating, leading and managing a wide range of projects but with specific experience of cross-artform events that have brought together poetry, dance, theatre, music and film. To date, I have written, directed and produced ten theatre and musical productions. Prose works include a short story collection, a novella and a novel trilogy (further information available on my website). I am also a poet and have performed my work at a variety of locations across Britain and Europe from Brighton to Dundee to Dublin.

My poems and short stories have been published in: Chameleon, Nomad, Cutting Teeth, Citizen 32, Poetry Scotland, The Gay Read, Hidden City, Mookychick and my collection of poetry Laughin' Lesbians Vol 1. In 2006 I received the Jackie Forster Memorial Pride Award for outstanding contribution to culture in Scotland.

I am particularly interested and experienced in facilitating a transformative process that enables people to reclaim, reimage and retell their stories and experiences through verbatim theatre, performance and autobiographical prose and poetry.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bibliotherapy; Bilingual event; Mentoring; Multilingual event; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts

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Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+