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Imogen Stirling

Imogen Stirling is a Scottish artist. A playwright, poet and performer, she has performed her work extensively in venues and at festivals around the UK and Europe, including Latitude Festival, Anniki Runofestivaali, Secret Garden Party and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She features as a writer and performer on Sky Arts’ BAFTA-winning television show, Life & Rhymes, was a participant of the BBC Words First talent development scheme and was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2022.

Imogen’s poetry collection Love The Sinner (Verve Poetry Press, 2021) completed a 26-date book tour, visiting music festivals, literary festivals and arts venues from Finland to the Isle of Mull. Love The Sinner was adapted for theatre, produced by internationally renowned Vanishing Point Theatre Company and directed by their Artistic Director Matthew Lenton. It sold out at the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre to five star reviews across the board. Imogen’s first collection #Hypocrisy (Speculative Books, 2019) was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. She represented Scotland at Transpoesie 2023 and was commissioned to open the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023 with a new poetry/electronic music fusion. Speaking about Imogen’s work, Benjamin Zephaniah said: ‘This is the work of a lyrical genius. There is nothing like this. There is no one like Imogen.’