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Photograph by John Mackie

About

Iona Lee is a twenty-five-year-old poet, illustrator, musician, writer, editor and spoken-word performer from East Lothian. With a keen interest in the history of witchcraft, faerie and folklore, her work often revolves around an etic and metaphorical approach to these themes. Iona is fascinated by dream, memory, magic, storytelling, word-smithery and womanhood. She has been an active member of the Scottish poetry scene for eight years and has a degree in illustration from the Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a part-time Arts & Music editor for Bella Caledonia.

Awards

. Scottish Slam Champion, 2016

. Saboteur Award, best poetry pamphlet, 2019 - shortlisted

. Saltire Award, best poetry pamphlet, 2019 - shortlisted

. Ignite Fellowship, 2020 - shortlisted

Commissions

StAnza festival, a poem in reaction to an object from Glasgow Women’s Library’s suffragette archive. Hathchett Children’s publishing, Poems From A Green and Blue Planet. Radio 3's The Verb, a poem about a forest from my childhood. Causeway Magazine, cover art. Painting Rockets, album artwork. Flint & Pitch, flyting poem in response to Burns. Neu Reekie, poem for #Untitled2 anthology. BBC Social, poetry video. Hidden Door Festival, hour long spoken word show with band. Young Scot, poem on the theme of Place. Nationwide Building Society, poem for national television advert. Cera Impala, album artwork. 

Publications

the Scotsman, the Morning Star, BBC, the Skinny, Bella Caledonia, Gutter Magazine, 404 Ink, House of 3, Hatchett Publishing, Polygon, Tangerine Press, Speculative Books, Spit It Out zine. 

Appearances

To name a few ...

The Big Scottish Book Club, Robert Burns' Cottage, The Verb, EHFM Radio, Tricky podcast on BBC Sounds, BBC Loop, BBC Social, BBC Radio 4, The Digital Human,BBC Radio Scotland, Neu Reekie, The Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Flint & Pitch, Rally & Broad, Glastonbury Festival, Sonnet Youth, Apples and Snakes, Milk Poetry, Word First Festival, The Caves, Inn Deep, Kelvingrove Bandstand, The Roxy, CCA, Summerhall, Loud Poets, Paradise Palms, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Eden Court Inverness, Spin Aberdeen, Leith Theatre, Rose Theatre, The Tron, The Govanhill Baths, Greenock Arts Centre, Coastword Festival, StAnza, Kelburn Garden Party, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Stowed Out Festival, Great Eastern Festival, Glasgow Women’s Library, The Eclectica Experience, Eden Festival, The Meadows Festival, Men With Coconuts, Poets Against Humanity, The Storytelling Centre, The Scottish Poetry Library, The Jazz Bar, The Mitchell Library, National Library of Scotland, Hug & Pint, The Art School, Central Hall, WENCH, Wax Lyrical, Electric Fields Festival, Poets vs Rappers, Hidden Door Festival, Listen Softly, Dr Bell’s Baths, Sofar Edinburgh, Sofar Glasgow, New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Vout O Reenees, Lit & Phil Library Newcastle, End of the Road Festival, Byline Festival, Port Eliot Festival, The Wardrobe Theatre Bristol, The Loco Klub, Nymphs & Thugs, #LiveWire, The Old Foyles, Tate Britain, That’s What She Said, Coupe Du Monde Paris, Culture Rapide, #ScotlandisNow Dublin, Transpoesie Festival Belgium.