I Am

Autobiography and poetry from performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke, which takes us through her difficult formative years. A performance CD comes with the book, with Michelle accompanied by her band.

‘Every now and again individuals come along who breathe new life into performance poetry. Michelle Scally Clarke is one such individual. Her intelligence, her verbal agility and her passion means that poetry is alive once more.’ – Benjamin Zephaniah

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ISBN: 1901927083
Extent: 192 pages + 10 track CD

Author: Michelle Scally Clarke

Cover Price £10.00 Web £7.99

At thirty years old, Michelle is the same age as the mother who gave her up into care as a baby. In the quest to find her birth parents, her roots and her own identity, this book traces the journey from care, to adoption, to motherhood, to performer. Using the fragments of her own memory, her poetry and extracts from her adoption files, Michelle rebuilds the picture of ’self’ that allows her to transcend adversity and move forward to become the woman she was born to be.

You can hear the beat and song of Michelle Scally-Clarke on the CD that accompanies this book and, on the inside pages, read the story that is the source of that song.

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Michelle Scally Clarke - Tracks from I Am

Two tracks from Michelle Scally Clarke's CD I Am. Featured here are 'Tribute' (3:53) and 'Ghetto Girl' (4:59)

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Michelle Scally Clarke

Michelle Scally Clarke is a performance poet based in Leeds. Her turbulent early life was recounted in I Am, a memoir written when she was 30 years old. Her first full collection, She Is was published in 2003. Both books are published by Route and contain CDs of Michelle in performance with musical accompaniment.

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