A first-generation Jamaican migrant living in Northern Ireland, Raquel applies Jamaican style social commentary - Dub Poetry – amongst other styles, to address personal and political issues. She is an actor, storyteller, singer/songwriter, workshop facilitator and teacher. Raquel is a Poetry in Motion facilitator with Community Arts Partnership where she gives poetry workshops. She collaborated on a creative conversation using poetry and movement, called IN JUSTICE as part of the Terra Nova Intercultural cohort commission in 2021. Raquel is a repeat Arts Council of Northern Ireland awardee. She was commissioned to write for the Cuirt International Festival – Your Local Arena, as well as for the African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland’s Links and Legacy 400 project. Raquel’s poetry was a major part of the Exodus Exhibition in the Linen Hall Library in 2019. She was part of the Cuirt International Festival of Literature and the Stay at Home Festivals in April 2021. She has shared her poetry at Imagine Belfast Festival, 4 Corners Festival, Culture Night Belfast, Hillsborough Festival, The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont, Poetry Ireland at the X Borders Transitions showcase as well as the MAC amongst others.
This donation contains 2 Jamaican dub poems by Raquel McKee (formerly operating as Rainbow Ashwood Jamaican) and a poster for a children's storytelling event with Nandi Jola.