Keven Blake

Keven Blake

In Keven's teenage years he became a victim of the 1980s job (less) counter-revolution. After numerous college courses and short-term jobs, he found a full time job (a rarity, even in the 1990s) which kept him in money for 10 years, until the 1980s reappeared in his life dressed up as the twenty-first century. After finding himself doing agency work, he gained a Level 3 Counselling Skills qualification.

Keven is now a member of Takeoff (@takeoff_charity) which works with mental health service users, their carers and their families to improve lives. He is at Touchbase Care in Folkestone two afternoons a week, where he works in a creative and therapeutic environment with adults with various disabilities.

Dave Horn

Dave Horn

Dave is a poet based in Folkestone; inspirations include Scroobius Pip, Rumi and Bob Dylan. He has a deep interest in philosophy and psychology, and can often be found tucked in coffee shops lost in pages. He believes that a good conversation can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Twitter:   @davejameshorn

Instagram:   @davejameshorn

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/davejameshorn/(poetry page)

Sandra Elkins

Sandra Elkins

Sandra is a mother and grandmother. She works for the Pestalozzi village supporting international students. Sandra has an MA in creative writing and is currently working on a comic, Trina, the Cleaner. Trina is Sandra's alter ego, who evolved from the cleaning jobs she did to support her years of study.

Twitter: @SandraElkins5

Audrey Green Oakes

Audrey Green Oakes

Audrey Green Oakes is a Scottish journalist and TV Producer with a background in hard news, politics and investigative journalism. She’s also (occasionally) a performance poet, writer and artist. 

Currently Channel Director of KMTV, Kent’s recently launched local television station, Audrey is former punk who has worked on the Today programme and was part of Folkestone’s International Women’s Day collective.

Melissa Jacob

Melissa Jacob

Melissa is a scribbler of poetry and flash fiction. Quite to her surprise, a number of these untidy glimpses into her mind have been published. She's passionate about inclusion and mental health and often draws on her own awkward relationship with anxiety, insomnia and depression as she strings words together.

Twitter: @sarsaparilla191

Website: sarsaparilla72.wordpress.com

Lubna Gem Arielle

Lubna Gem Arielle

Lubna’s vision is to create kind spaces where everyone feels safe to be seen, stand up and speak out. As a creative facilitator and applied theatre practitioner, she designs and delivers experiential training & videos for professionals on leadership skills including having impactful conversations, workplace wellbeing and neurodiversity awareness. 

Twitter: @lubnagemarielle

Instagram: @LubnaGem  

Website: http://lubnagemarielle.com 

Jane Unsworth

Jane Unsworth

Jane is a playwright, health and wellbeing coach. She explores where mindset, taking ownership, and showing up to evolve better health, energy and longevity meets putting our health into 'the-system's' hands and/or deciding that 'rock-bottom' really is the only place to start. 

Twitter & LinkedIn @JaneUnsworth 

www.facebook.com/groups/whatisefttapping 

www.janeunsworth.com

Tracy Gentles

Tracy Gentles

Tracy Gentles is the Director of The Sick of the Fringe. She collaborates with artists and activists concerned with raising awareness and discussion around taboo issues, such as, mental health, assisted suicide, sex, race and ageing by building resources, contexts and networks, nurturing organisations and arts managers and aiming for a systemic change towards a more diverse, care-focused and socially conscientious sector.

Twitter: @TracyGentles / @TSOTFringe

www.thesickofthefringe.com

Tian Glasgow

Tian Glasgow

As well as being a playwright and theatre director, Tian is also an arts producer, often specifically in community engagement and creative learning. He founded the theatre company New Slang Productions in 2009 and staged his first two plays Silver Shores (2012) and Changing State (2015). His work is usually based around social issues and communities.

Tian is The Sick of The Fringe's 2017 Engagement Producer and the bonafide #FringeNewbie. Alongside assisting on TSOTF events throughout the month, curating TSOTF Live Encounters and managing the Twitter account throughout August, he spent the month chatting to as many lovely Fringe artists as possible about wellbeing, access, success and self-care.

WEBSITE: newslangproductions.com

TWITTER: @tianglasgow

Brian Lobel

Brian Lobel

Brian Lobel is co-director of The Sick of the Fringe with Tracy Gentles. Brian is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre at University of Chichester, a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, a Core Artist for Forest Fringe and an Associate Artist with Performing Medicine. His performance work has been shown extensively in a variety of contexts internationally, and his publications include both academic journals, chapters and reviews, as well as creative texts, scripts and artist DVDs. 

www.blobelwarming.com

@blobelwarming

Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina Hemsley’s performance and choreographic practices are collaborative and frequently interdisciplinary, which she sees as a way of keeping knowing active and open. The work she make aims to reclaim and celebrate her identities as a mixed-race woman & tries to engage with the various cultural frameworks that mark her body on her own terms. Alexandrina is one part of duo Project O with Jamila Johnson-Small and she is currently working with Seke Chimutengwende on ‘afrofuturist’ duet Black Holes.

Blog: http://feministshakedown.tumblr.com/

Twitter: @AlexandrinaHem

Image courtesy of artist.

Kate Porcheret

Kate Porcheret

Dr. Kate Porcheret is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, UK.  Her research is focused on sleep and circadian rhythms in relation to mental health. In particular she is interested in understand the role sleep plays in the response to psychological trauma. 

Michael Regnier

Michael Regnier

Michael is a science writer at the Wellcome Trust and Associate Editor of its longform publication, Mosaic. Before writing about medical research for a living, Michael wrote plays, the best of which was Time Out's Critics' Choice when it was performed in London in 2002. In his student days, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe twice - winning a Fringe First Award in 1996 remains one of his proudest achievements.

WEBSITE: CERTAINCONFUSION.WORDPRESS.COM

TWITTER: @MPR2020

 

Alistair Lax

Alistair Lax

Alistair Lax trained as a biochemist and has moved around the biological sciences, taking in microbiology, cancer and cell biology. He’s been at King’s College London for the past 20 years.

Alistair is enthusiastic about most science, and in particular the history of science and medicine. He is also interested in public attitudes to science. His book, Toxin, is partly a history of microbiology.

Lynn Ruth Miller

Lynn Ruth Miller

Lynn Ruth Miller has been remodeling facts since her mother first asked, “Who ate that Hershey Bar?” She began writing the moment she realized that anything on paper is accepted as truth. She became a professional writer the year she won a silver dollar for her thumbnail biography of newspaper columnist, Dorothy Thompson, the Blue-Eyed Tornado of journalism in the forties and fifties. From that moment forward, Miller determined to be even more blunt, outspoken and outrageous than her role model. 

Lynn started doing comedy on stage aged 71, and was dubbed 'the new Joan Rivers of Fringe Comedy' at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015. Now 83, she has accumulated numerous awards and is the oldest performing female stand up comedian in the UK.

Lewis Church

Lewis Church

Lewis Church is lead writer for The Sick Of The Fringe, co-ordinating writers at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and earlier this year at Folkestone's Normal? Festival of the Brain and Manchester International Festival. He is an artist and writer based in London, whose work has also been published in PAJ, Exeunt, Loose Lips, East End Review and Hackney Citizen. Lewis has also produced commissioned pieces for SPILL Festival of Performance and Daily Life Ltd. He has taught at both Queen Mary, University of London and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

As an artist and producer he has worked with Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Stacy Makishi, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Split Britches, Shabnam Shabazi, Sh!t Theatre and others.

WEBSITE: LEWISCHURCH.BLOGSPOT.CO.UK

TWITTER: @LEWISACHURCH