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Iona Lee

Iona Lee is a writer, artist, music-maker, storyteller and spoken-word performer from Edinburgh, with a penchant for the arcane and uncanny. She has been a prominent member of Scotland's live poetry scene for the past ten years, appearing on radio and television and reading her work in venues and on festival stages all over the UK and Europe, including Glastonbury, the world slam championships in Paris, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She is the front woman of the poetry-psyche ensemble, Acolyte, who's debut single, the Black Cat, was BBC Radio Scotland's single of the week, and irregularly runs Wax Lyrical, a night of poetic and musical spontaneous collaboration.

In 2022, Iona won the John Byrne award for her poetry film, Away with the Fairies - a retelling of the Tam Lin ballad - and she appeared on Young Woman Scotland's 30 Under 30 list. Her debut poetry collection, Anamnesis, was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and appeared on SNACK Magazine's top ten list of books published in Scotland in 2023.