Leyla Josephine is an award-winning poet and theatre maker from Glasgow, Scotland.

She has been featured on Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, BBC The Social, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and STV.

In 2014, she won The UK National Poetry Slam held at The Royal Albert Hall by Hammer and Tongue. In that same year, she won Rally & Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam. In 2017 she won Loud Poets’ Grand Slam, she was a finalist for The Roundhouse Slam and she came second in The Scottish Poetry Slam 2018.

She has been published in Gutter Magazine, The High Flight, The Scotsman, The National and the anthology ‘Human’ and another named ‘Choice Words: Writer’s On Abortion’. Her first book ‘Hopeless’ has just been published by Speculative Books. You can buy a copy here.

Leyla has just finished touring her 5* show ‘Hopeless’ which was runner up for The Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show 2018.  It was also nominated for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, The Brighton Fringe New Voice, it was shortlisted for The Prague Fringe Performance Award. You can find out more about ‘Hopeless’ here.

Leyla was on the Write4Film 2019 programme ran by Scottish Film Talent Network and is now developing her first short film as part of Scottish Shorts programme.

Leyla spends most of her time teaching poetry workshops in which she encourages others to find their voice. She works in various different social contexts to create original, autobiographical performance and poetry collaboratively with all ages and backgrounds. In her work she attempts to present new narratives and asks difficult questions to challenge the social structures we find ourselves within.


To request Leyla’s CV please email hello@leylajosephine.co.uk