My co-host of Sonnet Youth and I Kevin P Gilday were absolutely delighted to be asked by ABC to host the Saul Williams pre-party yesterday. We had a range of talent take to the stage from open micers to spoken word heavyweights such as Katie Ailes and Kevin Mclean (Loud Poets), Jenny Lindsay (Rally and Broad), Stephen Watt and the mesmerising Chrissy Barnacle. Saul even dropped by and witnessed for himself the wonderful range of talent Glasgow’s poetry scene has. We were lucky enough to see him in action later, and it was a unique and electrifying experience, reminding me how far people can push themselves lyrically and performatively. Just wow!
My latest poetry video saw me branching out beyond my spoken word comfort zone of candid rhymes about getting drunk at festivals and breaking up with guys (!). I was approached by a drone footage company Siren Cinematics (check out their stuff, it’s incredible) to write and perform a poem about a city girl falling in love with a West Coast guy for a video for the Troon Tourism board. The finished product is below, hope you enjoy!
I am so excited for the second Sonnet Youth that I’m co-hosting with Kevin P Gilday next Wednesday June 15th at 8:30pm. On the bill we have the likes of Rally and Broad’s Jenny Lindsay, Irish slam champion Brian McMahon Gallagher, Loud Poet’s Katie Ailes and a few other of Glasgow’s most promising wordsmiths. Headlining we have the hugely talented writer and performer Alan Bissett. It’s only £3 entry and the kitchen is open until 10pm. What’s. Not. To. Love?
We are back with our comedy sketch show Witsherface: Funny How? for two evenings next week at the Oran Mor, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th. Our previous shows in March for Glasgow Comedy Festival were sell-outs, so best get tickets in advance from ticket web.
Tonight I was a guest on Scotland’s only late night chat show The Late Show with presenter Ewen Cameron and comedian Chris Henry. As well as talking about my recent award win, the Scottish spoken word scene and the various projects that I’m involved in, I performed my latest poem Festival, managing to omit the C word successfully. So I reckon it went well!
You can watch the whole show, including my performance here:
Last night Trauma and the Brain, which I wrote with media co-op won the award for best animation at the Royal Television Society Scotland awards. The short film’s main aim is educating people in what can happen to a person’s brain during and after they experience trauma. It has been used in training for police officers and healthcare professionals, and has frequently been commended for the positive impact it has had. That alone was enough to make me proud of what we achieved. So it was a lovely juicy cherry on top to be formally recognised for our efforts.
Next Wednesday, May 18th sees the launch of a brand new spoken word night in Glasgow Sonnet Youth. Myself and beer expert Kevin P Gilday will be hosting the night at Drygate Brewery in Dennistoun and the line up is banging with Loki headlining. Aside from some of the best poets in the country, there will be comedy and food deals.
Tickets available here.
“Sonnet Youth is the opposite of a poetry ‘reading’… It’s an unpredictable spoken word houseparty, a literary rave – bringing together the best Scottish talent, special guest comedians and big name headliners from around the UK. Sonnet Youth invites you to put down the books, stop taking poetry so seriously and experience the true madness of the spoken word firsthand.”