Spoken Word


Loud Poets Fringe 2015. Photo Credit – Perry Jonsson

‘Poise, lyricism, passion and humour – delivered with a balance and grace that we see in modern giants like Shane Koyczan, current darling of the TED talks phenomenon. Carly and her megawatt-smile-burning-gaze-and-blazing-verse combo will go far.’ The StAnza Blog

Carly is an award-winning spoken word poet and enjoys writing poetry for the stage. After winning Scotland’s National Poetry Slam in 2013, she has performed feature sets regularly in the UK and America. Carly’s poems blend comedic timing with emotional candour, as she grapples with ideas of home, growing up, relationships and feminism. Her debut pamphlet of performance poems, Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone, was published by Knockingdoor Press in 2014.

Venues she’s been featured at include Glastonbury Festival, StAnza Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, Glasgow’s West End Festival, Word Power Books at the Edinburgh Book Fringe, Tricoleur (National Library of Scotland), Grolier Poetry Bookshop (Cambridge, USA), Loud Poets (Edinburgh Fringe 2014, 2015), Rally and Broad, Sonnet Youth (Glasgow), Find the Right Words (Leicester, England), Glasgow Women’s Library, 10Red (Edinburgh), Verse Hearse (University of Glasgow), International Women’s Day at the University of St Andrews, Aloud Queen Margaret Union, Inn Deep, The High Flight, Last Monday at Rio, Soapbox (University of Edinburgh), Inky Fingers, Quotidian Magazine launch, The Transatlantic Literary Women Conference, Refugee Festival Scotland, two TedX Conferences in St Andrews and more.

You can keep up to date with her upcoming events by following her on Twitter or by following her blog.  If you’re interested in booking her for your event or organization, see the Contact page for how to get in touch.

Videos of Spoken Word Poems:

Straight – by Carly Brown

Carly Brown performing in the final of the Scottish National Slam Championships 28/03/2013.

Carly won the championship with this final poem, which earned her a place in the world finals in Paris.

50 Shades – by Carly Brown

This poem emerged from Carly’s attempt to read EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey. This poem was nominated for Best Poem at the Edinburgh Festivals in 2015.


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