Guest Post: Shannon MacGregor on the Glasgow Scene

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

Poetic Politics: A Selection of Contemporary 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

StAnza 2016: Reflections

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

Slam Ethics: Once Qualified, Should you Continue Competing?

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?

Accessibility in Slam: the Debatable Fairness of Exclusive-Entry Qualifiers

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

Does an American Accent help with Slam Poetry?

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?