We’re kicking off a new series of OffScript Podcasts with a bit of international stardom in the form of Neil Hilborn, the American slam poet who shot to stardom in 2013 when a performance of his poem “OCD” was viewed over 62 million views online. Well, Neil is on his first tour of the UK and it kicked off in Wrexham where our very own Sophie McKeand, poet and Young Peoples Laureate for Wales, was there to interview him just before his performance.
Hilborn talks about some of the most powerful themes in his work, those of mental illness and the stigma attached, how he has dealt with his fame, and also what it’s like to be a liberal Texan in the age of Trump.
And you can read Sophie McKeand’s account of the night in her article here.
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