Poetry and music from some of the UK‚Äôs most exciting emerging writers; Roundhouse resident artist, Katie Gill; UniSlam finalists, Ife Grillo and Courtney Conrad; and Nottingham-based confessional rapper, Jordon the Ego.
Katie Gill is a London based spoken word artist from Portsmouth. She believes that approaching stigmatized issues with a sense of humour is a great way to break down barriers and enable wider conversations. Her poetry is often confessional, tackling topics such as alcoholism, body image and mental health. It has been described as ‚Äėdisarming‚Äô and ‚Äėdown to earth.‚Äô In 2016, she supported Tongue Fu on the Roundhouse main stage and performed at Bestival in 2017 with the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Katie is currently a Roundhouse Resident Artist and is developing her first ever solo spoken word show about OCD.
Ife Grillo is a 20-year-old poet who grew up in East London. He uses his poetry to examine the beauty, complexity and bitterness of everyday life while being refreshingly relatable. While he describes himself as a ‚Äúpoet first‚ÄĚ, he also sings, dances and acts. As an active debater and activist, Ife won the 2016 World School Debating Championships while representing Team England and is the former Vice-Chair of the British Youth Council. As a poet, Ife is a Hammer and Tongue National Finalist, a Roundhouse Youth Slam Finalist and won the Individual award at the 2018 UK University Slam Championships.
Courtney Conrad is a 22-year-old poet born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, who moved to Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 15. She is a CUPSI alum 2018, and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Runner-Up 2018. She later discovered spoken word in her second year of undergrad at the University of Birmingham where she studied a B.A. in Social Policy and acted as Vice President of Speak Out Society, the university‚Äôs poetry society. Also, opening up for American poet Alysia Harris on her Stars to Stars UK tour in Birmingham. Now studying an M.A. in Public Relations and Society at the University of Leeds, she‚Äôs continuing her dreams of becoming a poet, currently working on a chapbook alongside her studies. As for her poetry, she uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, gender, class and immigration, whilst simultaneously allowing her feelings to go skinny dipping offering very vulnerable and raw personal experiences on love, heartbreak and self-love.
Moved from Doncaster to Nottingham last year. Conscious, confessional rapper who animates and paints vivid descriptions of his life struggles, bringing honesty to the forefront of his performances. A stones throw away from poetry, his fluid lyrics make the hardest of his life adversities, easy for the ears to digest. Not to be overlooked.