Harry Giles

Multiplatform poet and performer, making strange, delightful and political interventions

Born in London, England. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Harry Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, based in Edinburgh. Their latest publication is Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and they were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion.

Harry founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word and co-directs the performance platform ANATOMY; their participatory theatre has toured festivals across Europe, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia) and CrisisArt (Italy); and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup in the 'But Is It Art?' category.

Harry also ran Farmform - a visual poetry series created for Nil By Mouth, a project which embedded artists on Scottish farms to explore food, agriculture, science and sustainability.

They are also part of the Casual Games for City Walkers project.

Harry spoke to the Scottish Poetry Library in this podcast about politics, a messy take on the Scots language, and the time the Daily Mail called them 'vile'.

Forward-shortlisted poet Harry Giles chats to Laura Waddell about Tonguit from Freight Books on Vimeo.

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