By Harry Giles
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An outstanding debut poetry collection by a vibrant new voice.

Year of Publication


'Giles seems to veer between an intellectual, formal severity and a desire to celebrate, a naughtiness that charms.' Sabotage Reviews;'[Giles' poetry] cocks a snook at pat renderings of nation and identities, pointing at how most of us are hybrids lying outside categories. Harry Giles' poems really sing along.' Sphinx Review; 'Well, look out for Harry Giles' Poetry Scotland

Author Biography

Harry Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Edinburgh. He founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word and co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY. He has published two pamphlets Visa Wedding (Stewed Rhubarb, 2012) and Oam: Poems fae Govanhill Baths (Stewed Rhubarb, 2013); he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion; and he won the 2012 IdeasTap national poetry competition. His poetry has been widely published in national magazines such as Gutter, Cordite and Magma, and has been included in a number of anthologies, including A Bird is Not a Stone (Freight Books, 2014) and Be The First To Like This (Vagabond Voices). His participatory theatre has been programmed by such festivals as Forest Fringe, Buzzcut, NTI (Latvia), Bunker (Slovenia), and CrisisArt (Italy). His performance. What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup - in the 'But Is It Art?' category. Tonguit is his first full collection.