Out in South London and Apples and Snakes present Queer’Say, a showcase of queer spoken word hosted by Rosie Wilby. After their performance, Rosie speaks to each artist about their work, life and writing and invites the audience to ask questions. This Queer’Say took place on 22 May 2016 at Tate Modern. Gracing the gallery with fantastic performances were Dean Atta, Richard Scott and Rachel Mars.
Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery and most recently new poems for the BBC World Service. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. His debut poetry collection I Am Nobody’s Nigger was published in 2013 on The Westbourne Press.
Richard Scott poet, broadcaster and musician. His new pamphlet Wound was published this year by Rialto, and has been described by Mark Doty as containing “Brave and aching poems… Scott’s resonant language veers between the plain and the rapturous, testifying to the persistence, no matter what, of pleasure.” Richard also writes on opera and librettos for publications including The Guardian and presents The Opera Hour on Resonance 104.4FM. Richard chatted to Rosie ahead of the gig on 26 April 2016.
Rachel Mars is a performance maker with a background in theatre, live art and comedy. From a playful interrogation of popular culture, to more poetic performance, her work interweaves personal reflection with universal questions of politics, identity and place. Rachel cites comic influences including Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise. Recent commissions have included Royal Court Tottenham, Fuel Theatre, Home Live Art and Ovalhouse. She is a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.
Our thanks go to Southwark LGBT network and Arts Council England.