Thanet Writers Meet Sam Rapp

Thanet Writers Meet Sam Rapp



hi welcome to Thanet writers meet Sam rap I'm cetera Brahimi and I'm joined by the lovely Sam yeah very well thank you good and so you just come back from Dublin lady performed how was it oh that was amazing you had a great time love Dublin yeah fantastic city and the performance was great we were invited in fact it was myself and as I'm joking invited to perform for the pneuma romantics Temple Bar user in crazy mad world of Dublin oh yeah it was linking with LGBTQ well fabulous so the film will starts and we grow top homes based on that theme and it was very good brilliant so you have your Edinburgh Fringe coming up but it was very exciting can you tell us a bit about that yes very exciting it's been a long one in the making probably about a year yeah I decided that as I perform around the UK as the dyslexic poet I wanted to showcase and enhance my show and perform at Edinburgh so I applied I was accepted and I'm in them Edinburgh Fringe magazine and I'm the only dyslexic poetry show and it's a show that will amaze amuse surprise and it illuminates everything about dyslexia and people with hidden disabilities and disability it has a message behind the show I know that the thing dyslexia is a big part of your work to this and around that is a big part of your work and power port in this act in some to you you know raising awareness things like that that side of poetry the practical side of not just that yeah very very important IV I attend me or parliamentary parliamentary committee meetings and I Network and meet lots of different people within the charities and various associations associated with dyslexia and to highlight dyslexia all forms of learning to the difficulties or hidden disabilities because it's a whole it comes under a whole umbrella really an umbrella or from challenging perceptions about disability and just because someone has a disability whether it's physical or hidden they should be included in society and treated equally like everybody else and yeah unfortunately nice experience hasn't been like this highlighting and challenging perception and making people aware when I go into schools I do workshops I'm also the chair of my dyslexia Association we work with schools and help and assist where at wherever possible in but people with dyslexia because even though we live in you know 2019 and in a modern society people still haven't heard of it and they don't really know how the condition manifests itself in everyday life hmm and for me it was very difficult at school and in my working life it's quite difficult and challenging so it makes me a long time to read things and they digest information and when you've been in Parliament or these people and things like have you found a positive response or has there been not just a not just in Parliament but you know just in the one that you do or has there been resistance it's it's been a really positive my experience is doing really positive and when I've performed around the UK people have come up to me and said I'm Dyslexic and what you've said is that's great absolutely my experience and it's really humbling to know that you're not alone because for so many years I thought oh that's they weren't going to understand me so the perception has been for many years that people amazing they're stupid they're useless they won't amount to much and that's that's really what I was told growing up at sailing school and and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy if somebody tells you that enough times you eventually believe that you are stupid and lazy and you can't pass exams and my story is a bit different because my I left school at 15 with no qualifications and I was kind of on the scrapheap I ended up homeless and I met this this guy there was nothing in here he was just a really lovely person outside Sainsbury's in Brighton because that's where I'm actually originally from yeah and and he had shopping bags he looked a bit I needed an iron really and and he was amazing he ended up he was actually a professor at Laura University of Brighton or Sussex I mean it's called and he realized straightaway I was dyslexic and because of that he actually meant at me and helped me and said you can pass exams he just need more time and eventually it happened at first I became a writer became a lawyer all these things I didn't think amazing ever happened to me because I'm stupid apparently hence why the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the dis amazing dyslexic poetry show is bull yeah because I want to show people that just because you may struggle in life whatever you your circumstances you nothing you are in poverty whether you're homeless whether you've got autism whatever the situation you can actually achieve you know can actually lift the life you want to live and and that's the message I want to put through that's why I called it the amazing dyslexic poetry show because I wanted to people to see whatever you want to do you can be amazing at it yes there are some dark moments in it and some aspects of it where I'm talking about my poem rant which uses a lot of metaphor nature and it's about my experiences at school you know I struggled to spell your stupid fool oh nice I yell you know things like that yes all I had was well that wasn't oh yeah because I'm Dyslexic and so it's experiences experiences like that and I want the show to be yes you can rise from from the ashes and fight on yeah definitely an ambassador fantastic to fight and spread the word about dyslexia wonderful yeah and I know you also write um plays as well and which do you prefer plays poetry how does that come together you know in your mind you one day you think oh this is this ideas more of playing how does it how does it work well funny you should say say that I love writing poetry in fact I like writing anything full-stop yeah like stories and all the rest of it but for me poetry I kind of you can kind of knock out a poem very quickly whereas when I'm writing a play I'm writing one at the moment actually that's taking me a couple of months you know I can write a play quite quickly and I one of my plays was actually born out of a poem that I wrote called a teen about a young boy he went to fight in the First World War and as a result of that poem I wrote a play called innocence about the boy soldiers in the first world war that has been performed in make way make way little theatre you've you've come to me and also performed in Gibraltar I was going to say internationally yeah so it went to Gibraltar and it's and we've got six nominations in Genoa and a trophy win and adjudicators award in that way yes I'm really pleased with it I know you've got that rent dyslexic me yeah how did that come about and how are you finding the reception everything yeah well I'm really pleased with it yeah absolutely my debut book I've been trying to write a poetry book and finish it yes I had a lots of other projects holding me back quite some time and eventually I just buckled down got it done it's been really well received I've sold many copies which I'm really really chuffed about yeah and had a review by British dyslexia so cystic and Dobby University yes well so I'm really really pleased your father shows up for a cemetery order so yes yeah yeah so it's published by whiskey and beer yes that's great yeah so I was really pleased and done a good job this there's some dark poems and my journey with dyslexia which has been quite challenging at times and isolating yes and that's reflected in some of the poems and then there's other poems in the book that were a bit more of like you know light-hearted might be called monologue and the conversation and then there's a poem called or you stupid fall so I love that pose a great yeah a reversal you know how I was told I was stupid and I'm actually reversing it back onto you I'm not stupid and I'm a wealth of color on your laughter I'm just me that that's that that kind of challenges that in a very short hurry I know you've put together a gig that's coming up with the lenses they be looking forward to that how was it you know putting together so I got all the admin all the organization yeah it was a headache and it's still a humbling the hardest thing wasn't really getting people involved it was the fact that you know you have to devise all the leaflets you have to be out I contacted Lance essays agents and said I'm putting this together would you be interested and she said yes we would be interested yeah and yeah he's got me to perform for us on the 12th of October he's got about an hour and 15 slaw there's a few other poets who are going to be performing and there's a wild card for one poet to perform out of the Hat Enya in effect and whoever that is on the night there's also one of my students because I do creative math yeah yeah my production company called from of words productions and she's she's absolutely brilliant she's only 14 and she really is somebody watch out for for the future operations very very talented she's got a raw natural talent yeah and when you work with her it's just the coolest if what actually comes out with it's amazing so she's gonna be reading a few poems and I've also got my boy Little Theater who are going to be doing some poetry theater and then the main the main gig so to speak and I'm really looking forward to it difficult to marry up his commitments with the theaters timetable because it's at the glass box in Gillingham so you know various states were banded about them and then we couldn't do it on that date fit couldn't do it on that day so that was the toughest yeah we've got 12 October yeah so yeah I'm looking forward to it and yeah the show is called we are all amazing which again is a take on my amazing dyslexic poetry show because I want to showcase that it's it's about everybody in society is amazing we all can do whatever we want to achieve and I've also got disability Medway Network coming to give a talk at the event yeah run by a fabulous chap called Jonah stall and he's he's fantastic and he's going to be at the event just telling everybody about us to his associations in networking and disability with business thank you so much for joining us as well to talk to you and looking for eyes peeled for things in the future cause I sounds like there's a lot more to come before yeah that was silent righteous sweet Sam wrap thank you for joining us

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