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Leyla Josephine‘s (she/her) first collection of poetry In Public/In Private out in November 2022, published by Burning Eye Books, supported by Creative Scotland. In this collection, Leyla questions her urge to share her inner life publicly. Leyla writes about secrets, faith, lust, and death without shame. She fearlessly reaches through every page and asks ‘Have you felt this too?’.

Leyla Josephine is an artist originally from Glasgow, now residing in Prestwick. She is a performance poet, theatre maker, screenwriter, facilitator and project leader.

Leyla won the 2014 UK National Poetry Slam at The Royal Albert Hall with Hammer and Tongue.  In 2019 she performed for the First Minister of Scotland and supported John Cooper Clarke on his Scottish tour. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC The Social, The Guardian Online, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The National and The Scotsman and anthology Choice Words: Writers On Abortions alongside the likes Margaret Atwood, Audre Lorde and Gloria Steinem. The Scottish Poetry Library named her poem ‘Good with our hands’ in The Best Scottish Poems of 2020.

Mac Arts are thrilled to be welcoming Leyla back as part of New Word Order – more acts to be announced once confirmed!

Leyla Josephine

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