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Bibi June is a poet, theatre maker and producer. Originally from Amsterdam, they live nomadically and work across the UK.
Their work has been published in Gutter and the 'We Were Always Here' anthology among others, and their second pamphlet 'Critique of the Criminal Justice System' (Stewed Rhubarb, 2020) was shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award. They self-published 'TransMask', and their fourth pamphlet 'Kinsey Scale for Emotionally Fragile Queers' was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2022. They produced Within Sight, worked on Folxlore, and are developing their first solo show 'Homage' with support from the CRIPtic programme for disabled artist and ACE funding. In late 2023, they are going on a four month hike to write their first collection, funded by ACE's Developing Your Creative Practice fund.
Ross McFarlane, born and raised in Glasgow, is a punk-influenced, high energy poet. His work exemplifies the DIY, entertainment-centric, bonescrapingly honest ethic on which he was brought up.
Ross has supported world renowned spoken word artists such as Shane Koyczan, Sabrina Benaim, Rudy Francisco, as well as music acts including Rae Spoon, Petrol Girls and Throw Me Off A Bridge. In 2016-17, Ross performed his poem "Continue? ... 9" as part of Josephine Sillar's acclaimed theatre production "Ripped From The Wire Spine" in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. He has competed at both Scottish and UK National slam championships. Together with Bibi June, he received a Disrupter grant from the Hunter Foundation in 2018. Award winning audio drama 'Folxlore' is Ross' brainchild, and he works as producer, writer and voice-actor on the show.
Ellen Renton is a soft-spoken poet whose words will make you lean in on the edge of your seat. She writes about the everyday and turns it into something unlike anything you've ever heard.
Ellen Renton is the winner of The Time Is Now Prize and received the Nurturing Talent Fund from young Scot, which was used to release her debut CD, 'Beginnings'. She has performed at Hidden Door, the Scottish Parliament for Scottish environment week, Boom Saloon's social project The Creative Riot, and appeared on BBC Scotland's 'Authors Live'. She wrote and performs 'Within Sight', her debut solo show, which has toured within Scotland and London. The film of the show has been part of the Summerhall Fringe, the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre, and the Otros Territorios festival in Mexico. She has an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.