Meet Rally: Jenny Lindsay

 Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books),  as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour…She writes defiantly, eloquently and inspiringly.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman)

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Jenny Lindsay - credit Simon Baker

(Photo credit: Simon Baker)


Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. She began her performing career as a singer-songwriter, whose lyrics were always better than her singing. After some thieves robbed her Argyle Street flat in 2001, she began reading her lyrics at the infamously boisterous Nice N Sleazy’s open mic nights in Glasgow. This led to competing in one of the first Big Word Poetry Slams in April 2002, where she was a finalist.

From here, Jenny has gone on to perform, promote and compere events all over the UK, including appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest, Bristol Poetry Festival and Glastonbury. She once survived writing and performing the ‘Toast To The Lads’ at the MEPs annual burns supper in Brussels alongside Don Paterson, and also wrote the launch speech (in verse form) for the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills (2007.) She is an experienced compere and has hosted the Stanza Slam, Canongate’s Irregular cabarets, and the launch of Alasdair Gray’s auto-pictography, A Life In Pictures at Oran Mor in Glasgow (2010.)

With Big Word (2002 – 2008) and Is This Poetry? (2010), Jenny has been described as having been instrumental in creating a thriving spoken word scene in Edinburgh and beyond. Now, as one half of Rally & Broad, Jenny continues to dedicate as much time and energy to promoting the scene as she does to her own writing and performances.

In 2010, Jenny began teaching a short course on ‘Poetry in Performance’ at the University of Edinburgh. She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has worked with fellow poets and artists to deliver themed workshops in both primary and secondary schools. She is also a fully qualified, GTCS registered teacher of Modern Studies, and has previously worked with Young Scot to deliver workshops on youth justice, debt, poverty and rights.

Jenny’s poetry has featured on BBC Radio Scotland, the Rob Da Bank Show (BBC Radio 1), STV’s Nightlines, Channel 4 News and the BBC World Service. She has produced commissioned work for, amongst others, the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Radio Scotland, Young Scot, (g)Host City and The Scotsman. Her debut collection, The Things You Leave Behind was published by Red Squirrel Press in March 2011. Her most recent pamphlet, The Eejit Pit (2012) is published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.

As an events programmer, Jenny has (with Rally & Broad) programmed events for the Festival of Politics, the Jura Unbound programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the StAnza Poetry Festival. She is also one of the lead events programmers at National Collective, leading on the four-day mini-festival ‘Imagine A Better Scotland’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh in July 2014, which was part of the month-long political/ arts festival ‘Yestival.’ She was poetry programmer for ‘All Back To Bowie’s (Edinburgh Fringe, August 2014) and music programmer for the inaugural Festival of Ideas (Glasgow, September 2014.)

In 2012, Jenny won the BBC Festival Slam in Edinburgh, where she continues to live and breathe. When she is not teaching, writing or promoting Jenny enjoys an occasional nap, frothy ales, and holding the world to rights in some Edinburgh bar-shack.

For bookings, hosting and education work contact:

Youth and adult workshop packs available on request. Workshops can be tailored to suit all ages, stages and themes.

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(Photo credit: Robb Mcrae)

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