Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, producer, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed spoken word shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement.