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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. After taking two years away from the poetry scene and she came back last year to win ‘The Golden Gun’ at Bang! Said The Gun in London, Loud Poets’ Grand Slam and was a finalist for The Roundhouse Slam.

This year she came second in The Scottish Poetry Slam.

She has been published in Gutter Magazine, The High Flight, The Scotsman, and an anthology called ‘Human’ and her first book has just been published by Speculative Books. You can buy a copy here.

She’s currently touring her 5* show ‘Hopeless’ which was also nominated for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. You can find out more details about where to catch a performance here.

Leyla also facilitates workshops in which she encourages others to find their voices. She works in various different social contexts to create original, autobiographical performance and poetry collaboratively with all ages and backgrounds. She believes that creating personal contemporary performance can empower those who make it and the audience who watch it. In her work she attempts to present new narratives and asks difficult questions to challenge the social structures we find ourselves within.

You can find her videos on her Video page here.

To request Leyla’s CV please email