Over the last few weeks I have been honoured to host the two regionals of the first ever national Scottish Youth Poetry Slam by conFAB. The first one was at the Traverse Theatre, and the second one was at the MacRobert Arts Centre.
I’m always been blown away by the talent and originality of the work that young people produce, and I’m so happy to see spoken word being considered as a viable artform for them to express themselves in new and exciting ways.
I can’t wait to host the final at the Beacon Arts Centre on October 27th, where Kelso High School, Northfield Academy, Mearns Castle, Port Glasgow, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Wallace High School will be competing for first prize!
Kevin and I hosted an open mic night as a belated Freshers event at the O2 ABC yesterday. It was brilliant to see some familiar faces, as well as a few new ones.
We are always on the hunt for fresh, original voices and it was nice to welcome some newbies to the stage in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. Also we can’t wait for our Sonnet Youth support slot at ABC on the 19th of October with George the Poet too.
My latest collaboration with BBC The Social.
It was great to have Leyla Josephine back on home soil and packing just as much of a punch as before her travels. Her poem about her anger towards travel pillows was the favourite of the night, with tears of laughter rolling down some of the audience’s faces. We also had a hilarious, energetic, touching and thought provoking performances from the others on the bill. The Sonnet Youth community is growing from strength to strength, and myself and Kev feel blessed to have so many talented people on our bill. Next month we are on the 17th of August, with headliner David Lee Morgan!
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!
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?
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: