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Imogen Stirling


Imogen Stirling is a performance poet, theatre maker and musician. Her music accolades include an 18 month tour around mainland Europe as one half of duo ‘Wonderful Exile’, receipt of the Alasdair Cameron Scholarship for her political musical theatre piece, BodiesUponTheGears, and work alongside Sir Tim Rice.

An award-winning poetry slam champion, Imogen has performed extensively throughout the UK, including at Latitude Festival, Eden Festival, Audacious Women Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Imogen toured the UK with hip hop poetry collective Words w/ Friends in summer 2018 before debuting her solo show #Hypocrisy at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The show sold out its run and was long listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. It transferred to London’s Theatre503 as part of their ‘Best of the Fest’ programme where it received a five star review. #Hypocrisy is currently touring the UK (covered by BBC Scotland) and mainland Europe, and will be showcasing at the Prague Fringe Festival 2019. Imogen also works as Project Officer for ground-breaking independent publisher, 404 Ink.


Art and cover by Sean Mulvenna

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“#Hypocrisy is a tonic for the tribal times we live in. Even the most right-on among us can be ignorant twats sometimes. It’s encouraging to see this explored in depth, within the uber-progressive context of spoken word. Stirling does it effortlessly, with humour, self-awareness and grace.”

Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey

“Imogen Stirling goes through the painstaking task of deconstructing her own whiteness and privilege, and does so in a way that is inviting, profound, humorous and unsettling. #Hypocrisy is exactly the sort of poetry we need right now, in these dark and difficult times.”

Alan Bissett