Harry Giles has been shortlisted for the Forward Arts Foundation's Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection with Tonguit (Freight Books 2015). Here Harry chats to Laura Waddell of Freight Books about the themes and motivations in Tonguit, a multilingual approach to poetry, and life as a poet. (filmed at the Scottish Poetry Library)
Find out more about Tonguit: freightbooks.co.uk/tonguit-by-harry-giles.html
Harry Giles is from Orkney and now lives in Edinburgh, where he co-founded the spoken word events series Inky Fingers and co-directs the live art platform Anatomy. He holds an MA in Theatre Directing, and works across poetry and theatre as a writer and performer. His pamphlets Visa Wedding (2012) and Oam (2013) are published by Stewed Rhubarb. 2015 saw publication of the narrative verse sequence Drone in Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Voices) and his full collection Tonguit (Freight Books), shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. He was BBC Scotland Slam Champion in 2009, and a founder member of the Shift Collective of spoken word artists. His theatre productions, combining spoken word with interaction, projection, have toured festivals across the UK and Europe.