Ailes is a writer and performer specialising in spoken word poetry. She performs and organises with the spoken word collective Loud Poets, which runs monthly nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow and tours interntionally. Ailes has competed in many slams across Scotland and placed second in the 2015 Scottish Slam Championships. She published her first collection of poetry, Homing, in August 2015. In 2016 she was published in the new series House of Three, an imprint of Hybrid Press. She also served as poetry editor of Quotidian magazine, a literary journal run through the University of Strathclyde for students across Scotland. In 2015-16 she was delighted to be involved in the Clydebuilt Mentoring Scheme run through St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, where she worked with four other Glasgow-based poets and Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead to develop new work. To enquire about bookings and commissions, please use the Contact form on this website.
Homing is available through the Loud Poets Etsy shop, here.
The House of Three book in which she is published can be purchased here.
Poetry Slam History:
- Competed with winning Team Glasgow in the Inter-City Slam (Oct. 18, 2015, Tron Theatre, Glasgow)
- Won the Rhyming Optional Slam: Game of Poems (May 19, 2015, Rum Shack, Glasgow)
- Won the StAnza Poetry Slam (March 7, 2015, Byre Theatre, St. Andrews)
- 2ndat the 2015 Scottish Slam Championships (Feb. 26, 2015, Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh)
- Won the National Library of Scotland Burns Night Slam (Jan. 26, 2015, NLS, Edinburgh)
- Won the University of Edinburgh Literature Society’s January Slam (Jan. 22, 2015, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh)
- 2ndat the annual Glasgow Slam (Nov. 24, 2014, Rio Cafe, Glasgow)
- 2ndat the Luminate: Festival of Creative Ageing Poetry Slam (Oct. 16, 2014, Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh)
- Won the University of Edinburgh Literature Society November Slam (Nov. 22, 2012, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh)
Non-Slam Performance History:
Booked for feature sets across the U.K. with various organisations and venues, including: Loud Poets, Rally & Broad, Flint & Pitch, StAnza Festival (2016), The Edinburgh International Book Festival (2016), Stowed Out Festival (2016), National Library of Scotland (Tricoleur), Wickerman Festival 2015, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, The High Flight, Inn Deep, Philanthrobeats, Soapbox, the University of Edinburgh Literature Society, Magic Carpet Cabaret, Aloud (University of Glasgow), Jamnesty (University of Glasgow), Inklight (University of St. Andrews), Verse Hearse, Slouch Bar, Poets Against Humanity, Drygate, the Blue Chair, Rhyming Optional radio, and more. A full performance resume is available upon request.
Ailes’ first collection, Homing, was published in August 2015. It chronicles journeys in search of home: across oceans, through families, with love. £5, available upon request – please use the Contact form on this website to order.
One of nine female Scotland-based poets published in the pilot House of Three series in summer 2016, sharing a book with Katy Ewing and Iona Lee. Available here.
‘Outwith’ featured as The Herald’s “Poem of the Day” on 8 August, 2016. Link here.
Glasgow Women Poets anthology (published summer 2016): “Outwith,” “Homing,” “September 2014” selected for publication.
The 10RED Anthology (Red Squirrel Press; to be published 2016: “This Little Light of Mine” selected for publication.
The editors of Quotidian magazine asked me to write a guide on how to read poetry; in response I wrote the poem “How to Read a Poem,” published on their website 18 Feb 2016.
The poem “This Little Light of Mine” is published in the Oct. 2015 issue of Friends Journal, an international Quaker magazine, and on their website here.
The poem “Disclaimer” is published in the second issue of the Aloud magazine, out of University of Glasgow, and on their website here (March 9, 2015).
The poem “Edinburgh, February, Night (Devolution Time)” has been published on the StAnza Map of Scotland in Poems (2014).
Videos of Spoken Word Performances:
“This is Science.” Written for the Experimental Words project (collaboration between Loud Poets and scientists from the University of Edinburgh). May/June 2017. Film by Perry Jonsson Art.
“Polos,” filmed by Perry Jonsson with original music composed and performed by Sam Thorne & Fiona Liddell. Read the post on how Polos was made here.
“Long-fingered Man” performed in the final round of the Scottish National Poetry Slam Championships, 26 Feb, 2015. Video credit: Mike Berry.
“Maybe” performed in the second round of the Scottish National Poetry Slam Championships, 26 Feb, 2015. Video credit: Mike Berry.