Avada Festival
Avada Festival


Kick back and interrupt your day/twitter feed/doom-scrolling with poetry and poetry chat for the ears.

We’ll feature our favourite poets reading a poem that speaks to them at this particular time, for our audio series A Break in the Waves.

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Kevin MacNeil

Kevin MacNeil is a multi-award-winning author (novelist, playwright, screenwriter, poet), editor, and lecturer. Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in

Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum is originally from Northern Ireland and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, Broad of cult spoken


Rapper, poet, and hip-hop academic Solareye fronts the critically-acclaimed alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd. He was the winner of Best Hip-Hop at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards

Esa Aldegheri

Esa Aldegheri is a multilingual writer and academic from Scotland and Italy. Her poetry has appeared in various anthologies – most recently in Umbrellas of Edinburgh, 2020 edition

Andrew McMillan

There aren’t many UK poetry prizes Andrew McMillan hasn’t won. From his debut collection, physical, being the first ever poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book

Roger Robinson

Roger is a writer who has performed worldwide.  He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020, shortlisted for the

Janette Ayachi

Janette Ayachi is a London-born Edinburgh-based Scottish-Algerian poet. She has been published in over eighty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, Jessica Kingsley

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the

Hannah Lavery

Hannah Lavery is an award winning poet, playwright, performer and director. She is an Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland. Her play, Lament for Sheku

Roseanne Watt

Roseanne Watt is a poet, musician and film maker from Shetland who won the 2018 Edwin Morgan Prize. Her debut collection is Moder Dy/Mother Wave (2019, Polygon).

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard is a London-based poet, originally from Bolton. Her most recent collection is Incarnation (2017, Bloodaxe). Here she reads The Gift, a Xmassy poem commissioned in

Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie is an award-winning poet and essayist based in North-East Fife. Her most recent poetry collections are The Bonniest Companie (2015, Picador) and Selected Poems (2018,

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