Leyla Josephine is a poet, theatre practitioner and filmmaker, originally from Glasgow, now residing in Prestwick. She first started writing poetry in 2013 and won the Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam. Her solo theatre shows Hopeless and Daddy Drag have been toured throughout the UK. Hopeless was runner up for Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Show 2018. Daddy Drag won the Autopsy Award 2019 which celebrates artists making ground-breaking work in Scotland. Leyla released her book Hopeless with Speculative Books. She has been in included in an American anthology about abortion called Choice Words: Writers On Abortions alongside the likes Margaret Atwood, Audre Lorde and Gloria Steinem.
Influenced by the traditional music of her Scottish roots and her classical studies as a pianist, Dawn Coulshed is an ever evolving singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Music blogs have compared her to early Maggie Rogers and Joni Mitchell and her single ‘Same Side’ featured on Mahogany’s Spotify playlist. Coulshed’s arrangement of her own song ‘Sing for us’ was performed by the Roundhouse Choir as part of BBC 6 Music Festival 2020 in Camden, London. There is a sensitivity in Coulshed’s instrumental playing that draws the listener in and allows her vocals to soar above as her lyrics reveal honest, human stories.
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