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Kirsty Taylor is a poet and educator from Bradford. A fiercely proud Bradfordian, she’s a naturally gifted performer with a unique and cutting style. She blends hip-hop influences with a contemporary take on kitchen sink realism. Her characters carousel from council estates and shopping precincts to ice rinks and box bedrooms.
Passionate about people and their stories, she has created work for radio and theatre: telling stories about her beloved home city and her experiences there, whilst taking a sensitive look at life in ‘Broken Britain’. Kirsty was one of three writers selected for BBC Radio 3’s The Verb New Voices scheme in 2017. She’s also on this year’s Apples & Snakes Poetry in Performance programme, delivered in partnership with Jerwood Arts.
“I first shared a stage with Kirsty in January 2013 and she completely blew me away. Since then, her performances have never failed to enthral me and her delivery is up there with the best of them. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m buzzing that she’s joined the label.” Matt Abbott
Nymphs & Thugs are delighted to be have signed Kirsty to the label as part of the ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ project. This saw Kirsty delivering free poetry workshops for care experienced young people in Bradford. We then commissioned Kirsty to write her ‘Go Safe’ poem in response to this group and commissioned music producer SOULS to write musical backing for the poem.
Kirsty hosts and produces Front Room Poetry for the Bradford Producing Hub and is delivering a range of educational programmes in Bradford for the National Literacy Trust. She also wrote a poem for Bradford BID in 2020.