Interview with Courtney Conrad

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

Courtney Conrad by Scott Tyrrell

Courtney Conrad by Scott Tyrrell

Your Name

Courtney Conrad

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How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?

I started in my undergrad year at the University of Birmingham when I joined Speak Out Society, this was in 2015

Who are your influences/ idols?

Andrea Gibson

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

Listeners have an insight to unspoken words that have yet to be said to family, friends and lovers.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in spoken word/ performance poetry?

Never filter yourself on the basis of other’s perception of you

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

I am looking forward to seeing Ms Lauryn Hill, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Snow Patrol Hozier, and all the poets performing

Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?


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

poetry, spoken word

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

That I get one step closer to finding the courage to free myself from societal expectations that holds the true me captive

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

My set will be an intricate construction of my lived experience, drawing on my hard-learned lessons with heritage, womanhood, family and the intersections of race, religion and sexuality.

You can see Courtney Conrad at 12:05-12:30 Friday; 13:45-15:10 Sunday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.


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