Award-winning poet who ‘suffers from Scottishness’ is coming to Preston

Posted on - 16th September, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
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An acclaimed Scottish writer is coming to Preston fresh from Edinburgh Fringe.


Award-winning spoken-word artist Kevin P Gilday is set to deliver a selection of his best work in the Suffering From Scottishness show at The Stanley Arms on Tuesday 17 September.

Suffering From Scottishness is described as “an immersive theatrical experience that confronts the unique absurdity of Scottish identity, wryly dealing with notions of nationhood and patriotism”.

Gilday said: “I wanted to get across that we are losing the nuance by making everything black and white and about this one issue. Scotland is so much more complex than that. 

“I think some people have lost sight of why they wanted independence and now just care about getting it by any means possible. I know I wanted independence because I wanted a more equal society and I feel that is being lost a wee bit.

“I think there is a lack of debate and we are not allowing people to speak without jumping on them. If you can’t have a reasonable debate then I don’t know where you go from there.”

Gilday has performed all over the world including at major festivals like Glastonbury, and has undertaken large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists such as Akala, Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Alabaster DePlume and George the Poet.

Gilday has also published four books of poetry. His latest, Sad Songs for White Boys, brings together ten years of writing in a greatest hits of his best material, and it’s this that will form the basis for his Preston performance.

The show is being put on by Garry Cook’s Enjoy the Show company, which has lined up a series of performances this Autumn, including several events taking place as part of Preston Arts Festival.

Read more: Special Winckley Square events to feature in Preston Arts Festival

Kevin Gilday will be upstairs at The Stanley Arms at 8pm on Tuesday 17 September. He will be supported by Lancashire-based poet Amy Lee Tempest.

Read more: What’s on in Preston

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