Interview with Vanessa Kisuule

We sent interview forms out to our artists, and we’ll be sharing their stories here on the blog. Next up:

Vanessa Kisuule by Scott Tyrrell

Vanessa Kisuule by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Vanessa Kisuule


Twitter handle



Facebook Page

How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

Through a YouTube hole.

Who are your influences/ idols?

Patricia Smith, Salena Godden, Joelle Taylor, Hollie Mcnish, Bohdan Piasecki, Rob Auton, Danez Smith, Caroline Bird, Raymond Antrobus….and on and on and on!

What’s the one thing you’d like people to know about your work?

Make of it what you will!

Who are you looking forward to seeing/ what are you looking forward to doing at the Festival?

Janet Jackson, Kylie, Janelle Monae, Stormzy, The Cure.

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?


What’s your stand-out memory of the Festival?

Naive, 18 year old me dancing in a cage at 3am with a masked man in PVC lederhosen.

Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?


What’s your standout memory of performing at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage?

My outfit. My lip stick was blue and I had customized shorts fringed with these stupidly long chains of safety pins. Serious safety hazard, in hindsight!

What words would you use to describe your work/ your act?

poetry, performance poetry, spoken word, live literature, random words in a random order

What do you like best about doing whatever you call whatever it is that you do on stages?

The motley crew of other poets I get to hang out with.

You can see Vanessa Kisuule at 16:05-16:30 Sunday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.

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