Bio

Image credit: Perry Jonsson

My career focuses on spoken word poetry: I work as a researcher, a performer, and an event programmer in the field.

Currently I am completing my PhD at the University of Strathclyde, focused on the performance and perception of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word poetry. As part of this research I conducted a large-scale oral history study with 70 UK-based poets and promoters. These interviews will be publicly archived at the Scottish Oral History Centre in 2020. My other academic focus is contemporary Scottish political poetry: in 2015 I completed an MRes in English at Strathclyde on a US-UK Fulbright Award, focusing on poetry written for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Also in 2015 I co-organised the Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On conference at the National Library of Scotland and in 2016 co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath Press).

As a poet, I compose poetry for live performance and for the page. My work has been published in Gutter, The Herald, ​A Year of Scottish Poems​ (Macmillan, 2018), Glasgow Women Poets​ (Four-em Press, 2016), and the House of Three series featuring female Scotland-based writers (Hybrid Press, 2016). I have performed across the UK with organisations including the Scottish Poetry Library, StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, the Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Book Trust, the Centre for Poetic Innovation, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, Scottish PEN, Apples & Snakes, Flint & Pitch, and Sonnet Youth. My poem “Outwith” was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019.

Since 2015 I have worked as a Producer with the Scotland-based company I Am Loud Productions (also known as Loud Poets). I have toured with them to festivals including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Prague Fringe, Brighton Festival Fringe, VAULT Festival London, Hidden Door Festival, C-Arts (Cumbria), and Word Power Radical Book Fair, and performed with them with organisations including the Scottish Government, Glenfiddich, National Museums Scotland, and Father’s Network Scotland.

I also work as an educator, both through university teaching and workshop facilitation, and as a poetry editor. For more information, please visit the tabs at the top of this website.

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