Imogen Stirling – I saw her show at the Fringe. It was very good, very very good. I love spoken word poetry that’s not trying to be too straight-laced. I think that’s very endearing.
DARREN MCGARVEY ON #HYPOCRISY
Imogen Stirling is a Glasgow-based poet, theatre-maker, musician and educator. She is the inaugural Writer-in-Residence for Paisley Book Festival 2021. She can currently be seen on new Sky Arts documentary ‘Life & Rhymes’ hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Imogen has performed her work extensively, including at events with Sofar Sounds, BBC Radio Scotland, Latitude Festival, Neu! Reekie! and Extinction Rebellion. Her five-star debut show #Hypocrisy (sold out runs at Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals; UK tour) was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards’ ‘Best Spoken Word Show’. The script was published by Speculative Books and the album released in collaboration with Superslide Media.
Imogen was a participant of the BBC Words First talent development scheme (in partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language). She is the co-founder of Siren Theatre Company, whose debut gig theatre project Text Me When You Get Home is being developed in partnership with Tron Theatre, Creative Scotland and Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis. Siren is part of The Gaiety Theatre’s New Companies Scotland Programme. Imogen’s own gig poetry show, Love The Sinner, showcased excerpts with Dundee Rep and Tron Theatre, and is currently in development.
Imogen’s writing has been described as ‘life-affirming artistry’ (Everything Theatre), ‘exactly the sort of poetry we need right now’ (Alan Bissett) and ‘a tonic for the tribal times we live in’ (Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey). Imogen spent a year working as Project Officer for independent publisher, 404 Ink, for which she was shortlisted for a Creative Edinburgh Award.
Imogen is host of two poetry nights in Glasgow: More Than Words and Soul Food Poetry. She also runs workshops for young people and adults exploring how to find your voice, build your confidence and tell your story.