Poet Writer Theatre-Maker Producer VOICE-ACTOR GameS
for the Emotionally Fragile Queer
A poetic rewrite of the Kinsey Scale, fit for a generation of complex queers.
Shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2022.
Hello! I'm Bibi, they/them, and I make odd and interesting art. I'm primarily a poet, using my poetry in all other parts of the work I make, such as theatre, videos, and games. I also produce spoken word theatre, and work on removing barriers for people who have less access to the performing arts than they should. I'm interested in innovative, immersive art that helps us live a little better in a terrible world.
My work talks a lot about queer joy, disability justice, colonialism, climate grief, and anti-capitalism. Lately all my stories seem to end up being about the post-apocalyptic future. It might be catharsis, or it might be because I like placing my work in a time where imbalanced power structures have already been broken down by terrifying natural forces. There's more space for joy and community, there, in that future.
I love playing with form and genre to communicate complex topics in accessible ways. Because of this, my work is spread over a variety of platforms. This website has all of my weird projects in one place!
A self-published pamphlet about facemasks as queer object.
Illustrated by Yeva Swart.
Critique of the Criminal Justice System
On prison abolition, restorative justice, and familial ties.
Shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.
Poems about queer joy, growing up, and finding your family.
Illustrated by Flora Robson.
Anthologies & magazines
I am creative producer of Within Sight, Ellen Renton's debut solo show. A multimedia poetry show on running, disability and the Paralympics, I have been with the show since its inception. I worked on the development of the show with Ellen, including fundraising, creative development, and access strategies. I produced the initial (postponed) tour of the show in 2020, and its current 2021-2022 run. I tech the show on tour, and developed its lighting design and integrated captions system. During the pandemic, we created a film of the show with filmmaker Sarah Grant, which is available with and without BSL.
Funded by an Unlimited, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland's Touring Fund, Creative Scotland's Create: Inclusion fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.