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WE ARE LOUD POETS

 

Loud Poets was launched in 2014 with the aim of making poetry something that could be enjoyed by the masses. 
They are now a collective of poets, writers, musicians and artists who create monthly nights, Fringe shows, commissions, workshop and videos.

This is slam-­style, make some noise, fist­-thumping, pint-drinking, side-­tickling, heart­-wrenching poetry. 
This is poetry for the masses.

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Mclean

Since breaking into the scene in August 2013, Kevin has helped to build Loud Poets and has become a prominent performer throughout Scotland. In 2014 he was a finalist at the BBC Fringe Slam and he is the current Glasgow Slam Champion. Kevin competed in the 2014 and 2015 Scottish National Slam Championships and has qualified to compete again in 2016. At the 2015 Intercity Slam he captained Team Edinburgh. His poem “Evelyn,” performed at the 2015 Loud Poets Edinburgh Fringe show, won StAnza Best Poem of the Fringe. Mclean released his first collection and CD, Learning to Write, in August 2015, which you can purchase on his Etsy store here.

 

Alias: Big Red

 

Doug Garry

Doug Garry is another core founder of Loud Poets. He is also an up-and-coming young voice in the Scottish spoken word scene. He was captain of the winning 2014 Edinburgh University UniSlam team, is representing Edinburgh at the AntiSlam and a winner of the Edinburgh University Literature Society Slam. He was also a part of the 2016 winning UniSlam team, and went on to be part of the first international team at CUPSI in Texas. In 2016, he supported three time world slam champion, internationally acclaimed poet Buddy Wakefield as part of his worldwide tour. As well as being a regular and recognised performer across Glasgow and Edinburgh, he has also released his collection of poems in both CD and paper form, in his "Poems" and "30 Night Sketches". 

 

Alias: Dark Horse

 

Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson entered the Scottish spoken word scene in September 2014 and since then she has become the current Glasgow student slam champion. Outside of Loud Poets she  also runs Soapbox: the University of Edinburgh's biweekly open mic in the heart of Edinburgh and spent a year running the most regular poetry slam in Scotland as president of the University of Edinburgh's Literature Society. In 2015 her work won the Vaclav Havel scholarship for poetry from the Anglo American University in Prague and has since been featured twice on the TEDx stage. Her poem "Facts" became BBC Radio Scotland's most viral online video in March 2016. In April she helped lead and organise the first non-American international team to CUPSI in Austin, Texas after she was part of the winning team at the national competition UniSlam.

 

Alias: C-Dubz

 

Katie Ailes

Katie Ailes is a poet and scholar currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde. Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the U.K., including at the StAnza and Wickerman festivals, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Rally & Broad, and St. Mungo’s Mirrorball. She is a former co-editor of Quotidian literary magazine and is currently co-piloting the Scottish Poetry Library Ambassadors programme. She co-organised the Poetic Politics conference at the NLS (Sep. 2015) and co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath Press, 2016). She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and was published in the House of Three anthology series in 2016. Katie is currently being mentored by Liz Lochhead through the 2015-16 Clydebuilt programme.

 

Alias: Cakes n' Ales

 

FIONA LIDDELL

Fiona Liddell is a violinist, singer and composer based in Edinburgh. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier with a BA Hons in Popular Music, she has performed with a colourful array of musical projects. Currently, she leads one of Scotland's most sought after wedding bands gigging up and down the country every week. She also cofounded the eclectic folk band, Ekobirds, in 2011 with pianist and guitarist Sam Thorne and performs with singer songwriter Jack Hinks in his eponymous rock band Hinks. She first performed with Loud Poets during their first run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. In the years that followed, she has worked with dozens of different poets and musicians with the common goal of combining music with spoken word to create something greater than either.

 

Alias: Liddell!

 

SAM THORNE

Sam has spent twenty years sitting behind various pianos bashing out a variety of tunes with very varying results. After moving to Edinburgh in Autumn 2009, he began playing in any establishment that would admit him, beginning as a solo artist before going on to found the Ekobirds with the vivacious violin-playing vocalist, Fiona Liddell. In 2013, Sam graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music, before immediately deciding to pause his music career to instead follow his pursuits as an actor. His relentless endeavour to perform eventually brought him into contact with the Loud Poets, where he swiftly established himself as a keen pianist and occasional aspiring poet, beginning his partnership with the spoken wordsmiths at their first birthday show in February 2015. Since then he has composed music for a multitudes of poets, and looks forward to writing and performing with the collective for years to come.

 

Alias: Thornicator

 

ALISTAIR MACKEY

Alistair is a poet and a presenter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The newest addition to the Loud Poets team and yet the oldest, he has an extensive background in performance. Graduating in 2007 with a Modern Drama Studies degree from Brunel University, Alistair immediately turned his hand to working professionally in musical theatre, voiceover work, singing and game/award show hosting. After working abroad for a number of years, Alistair relocated to Edinburgh in 2013, working in sketch comedy, historical theatre and joining the thriving spoken word community. It was here he joined the Loud Poets, after competing in the 2016 Scottish National Poetry Championship. Also a qualified scuba diver and first aider, despite all his above experience and qualifications, the Loud Poets use him as their cajon player...

 

Alias: Ali Mac

 

JACK HINKS

Jack Hinks is a professional singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso. From recording, composing, and teaching, to promoting and touring, Jack does it all. Beyond that he plays in many projects: EkobirdsHinks, Coldsville, and Something Borrowed. Releasing his first single and b side at the age of 16, Jack has continued to expand his music and reach in the Scottish music scene, now playing across the UK and internationally. Jack is currently endorsed by Faith Guitars, and his EPs "Faith in Your Hands", "The Boy in the Background" and "Shock to the System" are available on Spotify.

 

Alias: Jinx

 

PERRY JONSSON

Perry Jonsson is Loud Poets' resident visual artist. A professional photographer & cinematographer by trade, Perry has been an avid supporter of the Scottish spoken word scene for the past 3 years. Beyond his work for Loud Poets, Perry has done freelance work for institutions such as BBC Scotland, Edinburgh University, and YWCA Scotland. Furthermore through his job as a full-time cinematographer/editor at Leith based creative ad agency Campfire, Perry has worked with clients such as Visit Scotland, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Martell Cognac.

 

Alias: Per-Bear

Reviews

 

praise of our monthly nights

If you want your poetry nights to have the hushed and genteel air of a village library, you better give Loud Poets a wide berth [...] Loud by name, and louder by nature, the Loud Poets strive to create environments that permit a healthy degree of reaction from their audience, turning up their own volume to encourage their guests to do the same.
— Bare Fiction
If you haven’t heard of The Loud Poets you’ve got to check them out. They’re a collection of incredible artists. [...] they’re such an inspiring and welcoming collective - and they put together incredible events. I could talk for hours about each and every one of them and how talented they all are.
— Mark Grist, Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008 and the Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion 2010.
Their voices were harmonious and their compositions synchronized; I was enthralled by their performance. The show, 50 minutes long, saw the two poets recounting original poems about social and parental issues, memories, past loves & children, while taking off their ‘social clothes’ to stand naked in front of a bunch of strangers. If one imagines a poetry show to be just about love poems, as YouTube has taught us, this was not the case. Katie and Kevin succeeded in capturing the attention of the entire audience, which ranged from teenagers to couples in their sixties.
— The Tribe
Edinburgh is dripping with literary history, and it’s easy to lose a day perusing the musty wares of the West Port’s many secondhand bookshops or get a high-octane hit from the city’s best wordsmiths. In addition to events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, there are spoken word nights all over the city. Loud Poets, Rally & Broad (rallyandbroad.com) and Neu! Reekie! offer noisy slam poetry, eclectic cabaret and unforgettable evenings – all at bargain prices.
— The Guardian
Striking comic books are often stitched together using bright, vivid characters between multi-coloured pages which are filled with untamed slapstick from start to finish. These stories are crammed into fairly short magazines whereby one-liners and plots appear inside speech-bubbles materialising from character’s mouths, filling hearts with glee as, on a weekly or monthly basis, each personality’s little idiosyncrasies proceed to leave their own animated impression on us, the readers. And herein lies the successful formula which Edinburgh’s Loud Poets collective abide by.
— Stephen Watt, author of "Spit".

 

PRaise from further afield

I found myself engaged by what I was hearing. Not only that, but also motivated to give it a go myself. That’s something I can very rarely say when I hear poetry, as often I’m overwhelmed by inaccessible language or self-indulgent fart-arsery. (A man of language, me?) None of that could be said for Loud Poets.
— Fringe Review

 

PRAISE FROM our 2016 Fringe show

★★★★ - Broadway Baby
★★★★ - TV Bomb
These people are sensational performers, engaging effortlessly with the crowd in a down-to-earth manner that puts everybody at ease [...] they are outspoken, human, and skillful. This is an act not to be missed.
— Broadway Baby
The Loud Poets are quite possibly the most reliably entertaining spoken word show at the Fringe [...] when you roll up to a Loud Poets event, you can rest assured that you’re in for something of quality.
— TVBomb

 

PRAISE OF OUR 2015 FRINGE SHOW

★★★★ - The Scotsman

★★★★ - Broadway Baby

★★★★ - TV Bomb

★★★★½ - The Student

★★★★½ - Edinburgh Student Arts Review
Throughout there’s a humour; poignancy and most of all a confidence which serves to inspire.
— The Scotsman
...a slick, no-nonsense conveyor belt of spoken word characterised by tightly crafted poetry and high-quality performance.
— Broadway Baby
...the Loud Poets Fringe show is definitely pure entertainment and is probably the best performance poetry show on the Fringe.
— TV Bomb
Loud Poets is sure to inspire, dazzle and provoke-thought.
— Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

 

PRaise of our 2014 fringe show

★★★★★ - Love Fringe

★★★★★ - NineMoreThanNone

★★★★★ - TV Bomb

★★★★ - Edinburgh Spotlight
High-octane, high-volume: hijacks attention and slams boredom.
— NineMoreThanNone
The most talented and engaging poetry collective to grace the Fringe in a long time.
— TVBomb
These poets are speaking from the heart with a passion that causes the atmosphere to vibrate.
— Edinburgh Spotlight
A smorgasbord of lyrical enjoyment, laughter, arresting performances and, above all, talent.
— Lunar Poetry Monthly

 

audience reactions to the 2014 fringe show

“A masterclass in the power of words.”

“First ever poetry related event of my life tonight and Loud Poets have turned it into a passion.”

”I’ve been to many poetry nights, and this has pushed every boundary.”

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