Toonspeak’s teamed Word of Mouth up with Sonnet Youth (Cat Hepburn and Kevin P. Gilday) to provide a platform for our talented young writers to perform alongside established song and spoken word artists.


Word of Mouth is a project for young people aged between 14 – 25 who are either interested in writing or who need a creative outlet. With the help of our funders the Scottish Book Trust, we provide a diverse programme of writers for them to work with, followed by 10 sessions with author Cathy Forde who is fantastic at nurturing young talent. The project has been running for  a number of years, is always a complete joy, and 2016 has been no exception!


Although we always offer a platform to perform, whether this is through our annual Christmas showcase, partnering with festivals such as The Only Way Is Ethics Festival last year, or their writing being turned into a full production, ’87 Miles’, this is the first time they have been billed alongside professionals in this field sharing a stage.


(Image from ’87 Miles’)

It occurred to me, having become a regular at Sonnet Youth events and other spoken word nights, that the work the young people are producing has a place on this stage, yet they are either too young to attend these nights, not aware of them, or in some cases lack the confidence to put themselves forward. Yet each there is so much talent in the room!


Cat and Kev did a phenomenal job curating the acts for the night. We were thrilled to have Sam Small, Carly Brown and Chrissy Barnacle perform. All very diverse voices and hugely talented.

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It was a fantastic evening, we are so proud of the work produced by our talented young writers/ performers!

Chloe Davidson, David McMahon, Erin Boyle, Ernesto Fernandez , Moki Graham, Stephanie Love, Stuart Kennedy & Thomas Nevitt

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So, what did everyone think

“Good mix of performers, great night”

“Loved the ambiance”

“2 good, v powerful”

“First time seeing the company perform, and it was amazing!”

“Loved working alongside professional spoken word artists”

“Brilliant performances, especially liked Ernesto”

“Love the performances, thank you Word of Mouth”

“Loved the performances, first time ever at a spoken word performance and would love to see more”

This event is a series of 3, the following nights will take place on February 6th and March 6th in Stereo (Tbc).

In the meantime, if you missed out, you can catch these performances and more Toonspeak’s Crimbo Cabaret

Monday December 10th

4pm – 7pm in Townhead Village Hall

Loads going on and it’s all free!

We love to hear what you think, go on, leave a wee comment below.

Photo credit: Kevin Main