Ailes is a writer and performer specialising in spoken word poetry. Since 2015 she has worked with acclaimed spoken word collective Loud Poets, including co-organising their monthly showcases and performing in their shows at the Brighton Fringe (2015 & 16), the Prague Fringe (2016 & 17), and the Edinburgh Fringe (2015-17). Ailes placed second in the 2015 Scottish Slam Championships. She has performed at events across the UK, including at Flint & Pitch, StAnza, Wickerman Festival, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Ailes published her first collection of poetry, Homing, in August 2015. In 2016 she was published in the new series House of Three anthologising female Scotland-based poets. She also served as poetry editor of Quotidian magazine, a literary journal run through the University of Strathclyde for students across Scotland. In 2015-16 she was delighted to be involved in the Clydebuilt Mentoring Scheme run through St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, where she worked with four other Glasgow-based poets and Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead to develop new work.
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