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Bibi June is a poet, theatre maker and producer. Originally from Amsterdam, they have been based in Glasgow since 2012.
In spring 2017 they received a Megaphone Residency with the Workers Theatre, created to promote artists of colour in Scotland. Their first pamphlet ‘Begin Again’ was published by Speculative Books in December 2017, and their work has been published in 'Beyond Boundaries', 'We Were Always Here' and 'Now That's What I Call Poetry'. Together with Ross McFarlane, they received a Disrupter grant from the Hunter Foundation. They were selected for the Young Arts Industry Programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, and received Go, See, Share funding from Creative Scotland for a two-week professional exchange with Boundless & Bare in Dublin at the start of 2019.
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. He runs the monthly Candlelight open mic at the Old Toll in Glasgow.
Ellen Renton, forever finding her way in between Glasgow and Edinburgh, 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', featuring poetry & musical accompaniment. She has performed at Hidden Door, the Scottish Parliament for Scottish environment week, Boom Saloon's social project The Creative Riot, and recently appeared on BBC Scotland's 'Authors Live'. She recently returned to Scotland after finishing her MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.