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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Videos of Spoken Word Performances:
“Polos,” filmed by Perry Jonsson with original music composed and performed by Sam Thorne & Fiona Liddell. Read the post on how Polos was made here.
“Dear.” Special video and interview filmed for Fathers Network Scotland in early 2016.
“Lemons.” Filmed by Perry Jonsson, musical accompaniment composed and performed by Sam Thorne and Jack Hinks. Shot at the Gosforth Civic Theatre in Newcastle on tour with Loud Poets.
“Calluses.” Co-written with Jack Hinks for The Grind in May 2016; filmed in Prague by Perry Jonsson whilst on tour with Loud Poets.
“Outwith.” Filmed by Perry Jonsson at the Scottish Poetry Library in 2017.
“Spangled.” Filmed at UniSlam 2018 at Leicester’s Curve Theatre by Tyrone Lewis.
“This is Science.” Written for the Experimental Words project (collaboration between Loud Poets and scientists from the University of Edinburgh). May/June 2017. Film by Perry Jonsson Art.
Ailes’ first pamphlet, Homing, was published in August 2015. It chronicles journeys in search of home: across oceans, through families, with love.
One of nine female Scotland-based poets published in the pilot House of Three series in summer 2016, sharing a book with Katy Ewing and Iona Lee. Available here.
Featured on the CD Loud Poets: I, accompanied by musicians from the band Ekobirds.
“Outwith” featured as The Herald‘s “Poem of the Day” on 8 August, 2016. Link here.
Glasgow Women Poets anthology (published summer 2016): “Outwith,” “Homing,” “September 2014” selected for publication.
The editors of Quotidian magazine asked me to write a guide on how to read poetry; in response I wrote the poem “How to Read a Poem,” published on their website 18 Feb 2016 and in the print copy of their second edition.
“This Little Light of Mine” is published in the Oct. 2015 issue of Friends Journal, an international Quaker magazine, and on their website here.
Shelter UK: Wrote brief poem to accompany a promotion for Shelter’s 15-mile charity run scheduled September 2018. Also appeared as a runner in the advert). (April 2018)
Future X Global: Wrote 2:30 poem for Future X’s Scotland Can Do campaign, filmed with Campfire. (April 2018)
Young Women’s Movement Scotland: Wrote the piece “For My Daughter” for their #Envision2035 campaign. (October 2015)