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12 April 2018
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Iona Lee

Polygon New Poets

'It’s always a pleasure to watch Iona read. There’s a lovely mystery, fairytale feel to her words and I’m thrilled they’ll now be in print so I can get to know them more' – Hollie McNish

'Iona Lee is without a doubt one of the most exciting young poets to come through the Scottish spoken word poetry scene in the last five years. Her poetry is original, fresh and sings on both page and stage' – Jenny Lindsay (Flint & Pitch)

'Iona Lee casts out dazzling poetry spells that captivate with fierce charm' – Michael Pedersen

'I encouraged Iona to be a poet on purpose. From the first day we met when she was 17 I could see she was an artist born for this work and this life, she has a natural poetic sensitivity, and even if a tiny piece of my bullying was part of the rise of this rising star I am so proud of my poetry protégée, with her natural gifts in prose and language, a raw tenderness, a kick and perfect brutal honesty' – Salena Godden

‘An assured start . . . She is one of the sharpest of the young Scottish poets gigging at the moment’ – Morning Star
‘Lee emerges as a poet equally comfortable among the stars of eternity and she is the freckles on the face a one-night stand. I can’t wait to see what she does next’ – James T. Harding
These poems were conceived behind the retail counter of a bookshop, during loud and late night conversations, nurtured in the befuddlement of the morning after the night before. They were born into the sticky floored pubs of Edinburgh, nourished in the shower, washing off loud socialising and self discovery.  Each poem picked from life as it becomes both more painful and hilarious.
Iona Lee, born in Edinburgh in 1996 and raised in East Lothian by two theatre actors, is a poet, visual artist and performer. Iona fell into the spoken word scene when she was seventeen and, in 2016, won the title of Scottish Slam Champion. Iona has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, StAnza and Glastonbury. She is currently an illustration student at the Glasgow School of Art and fronts a band called Acolyte.

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