Hello all! I'm delighted to feature another guest post on the website today, this time from the incredibly talented Glasgow-based spoken word artist Shannon MacGregor. Shannon came onto the scene like a thunderbolt in 2015, wowing crowds with her sharply written and dynamically delivered work. She recently represented Team Glasgow at the 2017 UK UniSlam. … Continue reading Guest Post: Shannon MacGregor on the Glasgow Scene
Hello all! My apologies that this site has been so quiet over the past couple of months; I've been quite busy working on several projects so I haven't had the time to post as regularly as I'd like. However, more posts on spoken word are coming! I have several drafted plus a couple guest posts … Continue reading Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry
Hello, everyone! I'm very excited to finally share a project I've been developing for a while. Last year, Sarah Hamlin and I co-organised a conference called Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On which took place at the National Library of Scotland in September 2015. The conference focused on the cultural … Continue reading Poetic Politics: A Selection of Contemporary Scottish Political Poetry
Update: there's a great discussion going around this post where I linked it on my Facebook artist page - check it out here and please do join in! -K Yesterday the Scottish Poetry Library released its annual list of the Best Scottish Poems of 2015, a selection curated this year by novelist and poet … Continue reading Best Scottish Poems of 2015: A Response
I was delighted to spend this past weekend performing and volunteering at the wonderful international festival for poetry in St. Andrews, StAnza. It was my second time attending the festival, and I had an incredible weekend of hearing/watching/reading/making/performing poetry, chatting with other poets and organisers, and a huge amount of stimulus and inspiration. My head is buzzing with … Continue reading StAnza 2016: Reflections
Different kind of post this week! Recently I was interviewed by Rebecca McBride, a journalism student writing an article on the Scottish spoken word scene. Since I haven't discussed how I got into spoken word or my influences on this blog much yet, I figured I'd post the interview here. Hope you enjoy! Describe for someone who has … Continue reading Spoken Word Interview
This week I'm handing over the pen (keyboard?). We have an exciting guest post from Halah Mohammed, a spoken word poet from Brooklyn, New York who has been traveling the world on a Watson fellowship this year researching autobiographical narratives shared through spoken word poetry. She blogs about her experiences and posts interviews with poets … Continue reading Guest Post: Halah Mohammed
Last week (Thurs., Jan. 22) I was delighted to win the Edinburgh University Literature Society January Slam, thus qualifying for the Scottish National Slam (which will be held Feb. 26 in Edinburgh). However, I faced a bit of a dilemma because I was also slotted to compete in the National Library of Scotland Burns Night Slam … Continue reading Slam Ethics: Once Qualified, Should you Continue Competing?
Last week, a discussion was initiated on the Facebook event page for the Scottish National Slam regarding the fairness of the Glasgow Student Slam, which I am co-organising with students at universities across Scotland. The debate involved many prominent members of the Scottish spoken word scene, and became quite animated as many people weighed in. As it … Continue reading Accessibility in Slam: the Debatable Fairness of Exclusive-Entry Qualifiers
A comment that I keep receiving after performances is that I “sound right” when I perform slam poetry because of my American accent. I’ve been told by multiple people that my slam performances sound "authentic" since they’re done in an American voice, so lately I’ve been trying to sort out the cultural factors underlying that perception and the … Continue reading Does an American Accent help with Slam Poetry?