Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol. She has won over 10 slam titles including Farrago Schools Out Slam Champion 2010, Bang Said The Gun Award, Poetry Rivals 2011, Next Generation Slam 2012, Slambassadors 2010 and South West Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion 2012 and most recently The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam in New York. She was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary in 2017 to undertake extensive dance training and also received the prestigious Leverhulme Arts Scholarship in 2017 from Bristol Old Vic. She also occasionally does rap battles under the monika of Shonda Rhymez and graces burlesque stages as everyone's favourite neighbourhood misandrist Nunchucks.
She has performed at an array of renowned poetry events and venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The British Library, Blahblahblah at the Bristol Old Vic, Tongue Fu and Chill Pill in London as well as many festivals including Shambala, WOMAD, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury.
She has worked with the Southbank Centre, RADA, The Bristol City Council, Knee High Theatre and Warner Music and had her work featured on BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Gal Dem Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Blue Peter, Sky TV and TEDx in Vienna. She represented the UK in two European Slam Championships in Sweden and Belgium, completed a ten day tour around Germany in 2015 and spoke at the Global Forum of Migration and Development in Bangladesh in 2016. Her international performance roster extended in 2017 with invitations to Finland, Barcelona and Oslo. Her poetry collections 'Joyriding The Storm' and 'A Recipe For Sorcery' are both published by Burning Eye. Her one woman show SEXY is currently on tour with the kind support of Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic and Camden People's Theatre. She has been appointed Bristol City Poet 2018 - 2020.