Courtney Stoddart is an acclaimed Scottish-Caribbean poet and performer, born and raised in Edinburgh.

Having only started performing in April 2019, Courtney has had a meteoric rise, performing on both national and international stages within the last two years. Including performances at venues such as the Traverse Theatre, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Leith Theatre and HOME Manchester.

In June 2019, Courtney took part in the BBC Radio 1xtra and BBC Contains Strong Language Festival Word’s First Talent Scheme, making it to the final 12. She was selected to be published in an anthology by Own It! London and edited by Jude Yawson, co-writer of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The Story So Far. Later that year Courtney was chosen to appear at a FLUP, a popular literary festival in Rio de Janeiro. Not limited to the poetic form, Courtney has written articles for Black Ballad and Gal-Dem.

Courtney has featured in theatrical productions, including Lament For Sheku Bayoh at the Lyceum Theatre during Edinburgh International Festival 2019, 2020 and 2021 as well as Memory is a Weapon, directed by Firdoze Bulbulia. She has facilitated poetry workshops for organisations such as Intercultural Youth Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library and has ran a performance mentorship programme with Scottish BAME writers network.

In February of 2020, Courtney headlined at the Scottish BAME writers network x Inky Fingers first collaboration event at the Lighthouse bookshop in Edinburgh. She has appeared on a panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. During November 2020, Courtney was featured on Damian Barr’s Big Scottish Book Club on BBC Scotland and published in Neu Reekie’s #Neu Voices. As of 2021, she was announced as an Ignite Fellow with the Scottish Book Trust.


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