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Imogen Stirling

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Contact: imogenstirlingpoetry@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Imogen Stirling is a playwright, poet and performer making startling and expressive hybrid work.

She has performed internationally, features on Sky Arts' BAFTA-winning show Life & Rhymes, was Writer-in-Residence for Paisley Book Festival, led Wigtown Book Festival’s youth development programme and was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. She participated in BBC Words First and Short Circuit’s Convergence programme.

Imogen’s poetry collection Love The Sinner ('The work of a lyrical genius' - Benjamin Zephaniah) was adapted for theatre by Vanishing Point. After a five-star sold-out debut run, Love The Sinner will tour Scotland in Autumn 2024. Her debut collection #Hypocrisy was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

Imogen represented Scotland at Transpoesie in Brussels, was commissioned to open the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and created a poetry/drum&bass show for the National Theatre of Scotland and Push The Boat Out. Her play Starving is being presented in association with Raw Material.

Imogen is an experienced workshop facilitator, promoting poetry and creative writing as building confidence, improving self-esteem and providing a vehicle for expression. She has discussed their benefits on the BBC and has facilitated in a wide range of social and professional contexts. 

(Photo credit: Jess Hardwick)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Animals; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; First experiences for younger readers; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Music; Performance training; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Rhyming books for younger readers; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500