Sonnet Youth


Sonnet Youth is a literary rave. A poetic piss up – bringing together poets, comedians, musicians, rappers and cabaret acts for a night of no holds barred performances. Curated and hosted by Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn, Sonnet Youth reinvents live literature for a new generation.

“Spoken word promoter has taken the country by storm” The Sunday Post 

We curate and host a monthly flagship night at the Old Hairdresser’s (Glasgow), the Gilded Balloon Basement (Edinburgh) and have recently expanded to Creative Stirling (Stirling). We also run a quarterly Scratch night at Phillies of Shawlands. Sonnet Youth has curated performances for numerous festivals and events (Hidden Door, Belladrum, Pride House) and work closely with some amazing organisations such as Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre for their Word of Mouth writing workshop series.

We’re currently producing a Scottish-wide tour of a spoken word theatre show THICK SKIN, ELASTIC HEART by Drew Taylor-Wilson. It’s the recipient of Creative Scotland’s touring fund and we’re so excited to take it all over the country.

Cat and Kev SY pic credit Jamie McFadyen
cr Jamie McFadyen

In 2019 we took two successful spoken word theatre shows to the Fringe, Suffering from Scottishness (4* The Scotsman) and #GIRLHOOD (4* Broadway Baby).

In 2018, we directed and produced the UK tour of Victoria McNulty’s solo spoken word Confessionals (4* The Herald).

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