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 is a Loud Poet and Spoken Word artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2014 Kevin was a finalist at the BBC Fringe Slam and won the 2015 Glasgow Slam Championship and the 2017 StAnza Slam Championship. He competed in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Scottish National Slam Championships and captained Team Edinburgh at the 2015 Intercity Slam. His poem “Evelyn,” performed at the 2015 Loud Poets Edinburgh Fringe show, won StAnza's Best Poem of the Fringe. Beyond slams and organising regular Loud Poets events, he has been featured at the Wickerman Festival; StAnza – Scotland’s Poetry Festival; the Brighton, Edinburgh, and Prague Fringes festivals; Leicester's Find The Right Words; STV's The Late Show; BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Show; and many regular spoken word nights throughout Scotland. He has also performed alongside some of the worlds top spoken word artists; Shane Koyczan, Neil Hilborn, Hollie McNish, Mark Grist, and more.
Alias: Big Red
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 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.
Katie Ailes is a poet and scholar currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde. Her research focuses on the performance of authentic selfhood in contemporary U.K. spoken word poetry. An active spoken word artist, Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the U.K., including at StAnza, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Rally & Broad, and St. Mungo’s Mirrorball. She organises, composes, and performs with the spoken word collective Loud Poets, including touring with them to the Brighton, Prague, and Edinburgh festivals. She previously co-edited 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 was mentored by Liz Lochhead through the 2015-16 Clydebuilt programme.
Alias: Cakes n' Ales
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.
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.
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 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: Ekobirds, Hinks, 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.
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.
This summer Loud Poets bring a brand-new show to the Edinburgh Fringe for their fourth consecutive year, and it's a big one. In today's climate of runaway commercialism and a constant barrage of advertising, Loud Poets asks: what's the role of poetry? And what exactly are poets selling you? Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in theatre, dance, music and more, the poets perform a variety of original solo and multi-voice pieces showcasing the best spoken word has to offer. The poets are accompanied by live music from Scottish band Ekobirds, plus visuals and film titles from cinematographer Perry Jonsson.