Jo Gilbert is a spoken word artist and writer from Aberdeen. Writing in their native tongue of Doric (or North-East Scots) and English, Jo’s work has featured on BBC Radio 4 show Tongue and Talk, Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Scottish Spoken Word Showcase, in art exhibitions, installations and short films, as well as spray painted on a mural at Aberdeen Beach.
Jo is the current Oooh Beehive UK online slam champion and won the North Heat of the Loud Poets Grand Slam in June 2023. Jo will be representing the North-East in the final at EIBF in August 2023.
In recent years, Jo has worked on various projects and commissions with Stanza Poetry Festival, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Look Again Festival, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums and The National Theatre of Scotland.
Widely published in journals and anthologies, Jo’s debut poetry collection ‘WTF is normal anyway?’ was published in August 2022 by Seahorse Publications. Jo also curated and had work featured in an anthology of new work in Doric/North-East Scots. ‘Tales fae the Doric Side’ was published via Doric Books in February 2023.
Jo is currently working on a second collection of poetry and a spoken word show.
You can find out more information about Jo’s work on her website and social media;