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New Writer 2023: Oliver Robertson

Spoken word

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Oliver Robertson (He/Him) is a worker, writer and spoken word artist hailing from the East End of Glasgow. Oliver was selected for the BBC Words First Scheme in 2020. He has been performing spoken word since 2020 at both virtual and online events and post-pandemic he has taken his words to audiences throughout Scotland. Oliver has performed at Eden Festival, Hidden Door Festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, Platform Easterhouse Glasgow, The Hug and Pint Glasgow and Push the Boat Out Summerhall Edinburgh.

Oliver is excited to perform again at Hidden Door festival in The former Scottish Widows office complex in Edinburgh and be part of Glasgow's May Day celebrations. He has had his work published in The Scribblers Union Anthology and Retail Opportunity Zine by Speculative Books

His work is firmly based on his perspective of growing up in Glasgow's East End and his poetry attempts to marry social commentary with humour and wit. 

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Oliver says:

'I am absolutely buzzing oot my trolley that I have been awarded the New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust! When I got the call I was lost for words and I still can't believe it is real. I am so excited to make the most of this opportunity and develop as a writer and as a person.'