Spoken word star tours schools for Book Week Scotland
Deanna Rodger will discuss poetry as a form of protest
Spoken word star Deanna Rodger is to tour the country for Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December. Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, will bring Deanna to events for young people in Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, East Renfrewshire and Dumfries.
Deanna is an international writer and performer. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me. She was included in ELLE magazine’s ‘30 Inspirational Women Under 30’ and has performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, and in the BBC series of short films, Women Who Spit.
During the tour, which runs from Monday to Friday (27 November to 1 December), Deanna will discuss poetry as a form of protest. Her spoken word is influenced by grime and her poem, ‘Being British’, will be used as jump-off point for debate about cultural identity. Deanna will work with the young people, some of them reluctant readers, to help them use words as a way to admit to issues affecting them and to resolve them.
As a young person herself, Deanna is particularly passionate about working with teenagers from difficult backgrounds, especially those who do not connect with poetry. She was 17 when she first started spoken word after attending a poetry workshop and her latest collection, ‘I Did It Too,’ showcases her writing from that age to the present, 10 years on.
Deanna Rodger said: “I am honoured to be touring schools across Scotland with Scottish Book Trust. I never knew that poetry was something regular people did until I saw and heard a poet perform in the same space as me. It was then that writing became human, alive, accessible, something I could do.
“To share ‘I Did It Too’ with students who are around the same age as me when I began writing is a privilege. I remember having so many opinions, ideas, and feelings inside of me that seemed to not have a place to be taken seriously – I hope to encourage these young adults to find or carve their space with and for one another.”
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Deanna’s tour is a great example of the wide variety of events taking place across the country during Book Week Scotland. Using spoken word to engage with young people and start a dialogue about difficult issues, it will also introduce reluctant readers to the rich rewards of spending time with books and poetry. We are really delighted to be touring with Deanna and looking forward to seeing her work with these older pupils to encourage their creativity.”
Book Week Scotland, a nationwide celebration of books and reading, was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by funds from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and event funding from Scottish Library and Information Council.
Book Week Scotland takes place from 27 November to 3 December. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust will deliver a huge range of events and activities across the country during the Week, all linked to this year’s theme of Nourish.
Also for the first time, Book Week Scotland will include a Virtual Festival, a selection of online events that can be enjoyed and accessed by all via Scottish Book Trust’s web and social media channels.
If you are interested in an interview with Deanna Rodger or would like a reporter or photographer to attend one of the events please contact
Press Officer Keara Donnachie:
Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184
Full tour schedule:
Monday 27 November, 9am – 10.15am
Harlaw Academy, AB10 1RG
1:45pm – 3pm
Dyce Academy, AB21 7NF
Tuesday 28 November, 9am – 10.15am
St John’s RC High School, DD3 6EY
1:30pm – 2.45pm
Rockwell Learning Centre, DD3 6SY
Wednesday 29 November, 9am – 10.15am
Stirling High School, FK8 2PA
1pm – 2.15pm
St Modan’s High School, FK7 7WS
Thursday 30 December, 10am – 11.15am
Woodfarm High School, G46 7HG
1.30pm – 2.45pm
St Luke’s High School, G78 2SG
Friday 1 December, 9.25am – 10.40am
Castle Douglas High School, DG7 1LQ
Maxwelltown High School, DG2 OEL
Notes to Editors
For all media enquiries, please contact Press Officer Keara Donnachie: Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure though programmes and outreach work that include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.