Announcing: Fat Kid Running by Katherine McMahon! 12.5.17



Fat Kid Running

The debut show from  Katherine McMahon


Fri 12th May, 7:30pm, The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Tickets £10 – here:

(Plus support from Calum Rodger’s Rock, Star, North


Belle Jones, Audrey Tait & Lauren Gilmour’s ‘Closed Doors.’


About the show:

What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Join Katherine McMahon as she takes you cross country on her journey from the fat kid skiving PE lessons, to a fat, fierce, feminist runner. This is not an inspiring before-and-after picture. It won’t make you thinner, or faster. It is a sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body.

About Katherine McMahon

Katherine McMahon is a regular performer on the Edinburgh spoken word scene, and has been rapidly gaining notice over the last few years for her moving, humorous, yet always radical verse. Her debut collection,Treasure In The History of Things, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012, and she has been a feature performer at many spoken word events in Scotland, including Rally & Broad at most recently at StAnza Poetry Festival, 2017. Fat Kid Running is her debut spoken word show.


With support from:

“Closed Doors” by Belle Jones, Audrey Tait & Lauren Gilmour


(Excerpt: 20 mins)

Closed Doors is a piece of theatrical storytelling combining spoken word with music. An exploration of how disparate communities can and do live literally on top of one another in multicultural Scotland, it examines how someone can feel like a stranger in the society they were born into and how one can find a home in a country far from the land where they grew up.

Opening with an unknown police incident preventing residents getting in or out of their flat, the story follows two middle-aged women, from different backgrounds, forced together to take shelter from the cold.

About the writers/ performers:

As the drummer/producer of pioneering Scottish hip-hop outfit Hector Bizerk, Audrey Tait’s critically-acclaimed production saw her as the only female producer shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year award. Songwriter/spoken word artist Lauren Gilmour received awards from Calmac Culture, The Scottish Alternative Music Awards and Celtic Connections as one half of Bella and the Bear. She and Audrey will be working with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company later in 2017. Belle Jones trained at the RSAMD where she won the Percival Steeds Prize for Spoken Word and the Norah Cooper Mulligan Award for verse Speaking.



“Rock, Star, North” by Calum Rodger

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(Running time: 20 mins)

About Rock, Star, North.

‘Come forth into the light of things / Let nature be your teacher.’ So said William Wordsworth in 1798. Calum Rodger wants ‘the light of things’, but he doesn’t need nature. He’s got Grand Theft Auto V. In a high-concept parody of the poetic travelogue, Rodger takes us on a journey through the game-world as he pursues ‘the virtual sublime’. With control pad in hand and tongue firmly in cheek, Rock, Star, North. is a bombastic meditation on reality and fantasy, tradition and technology, video games, poetry, the world, and our place within it.

About the writer/ performer

Calum Rodger is a poet and researcher based in Glasgow, working in performance, print, film and digital media. His work explores Scottish culture and literary traditions with a healthy dose of humour and irreverence. He performs widely throughout Scotland including shows at the National Museum of Scotland, BBC@Potterrow and TEDxGlasgow, runs occasional live poetry night The Verse Hearse, teaches at the University of Glasgow and is poetry reviews editor at Gutter magazine. His chapbooks Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism and Glasgow Flourishes are published by Tapsalteerie. You can find more of his work at


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