FESTIVAL OF POLITICS POETRY SLAM – Sunday 25th August, 17:30 – 18:30, The Scottish Parliament cafe/bar. FREE. http://www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk/cafebar.htm
Rally & Broad are delighted to team up with the Festival of Politics to offer an early evening showcase of some very fine, very political, spoken word! This is the first time that the Festival of Politics has featured poetry and spoken word – go team! They must’ve read oor Humanifesto.
Four of Scotland’s leading performance poets explore, loosely, the theme of ‘Scotland’s place in the world.’ This is a showcase slam; each poet will read two poems before the judging panel decide which two go on to the final, where they will determine the overall winner.
HARRY GILES -Harry Giles grew up in Orkney and is currently based in Edinburgh, where he helps run the spoken word events series Inky Fingers. His debut pamphlet Visa Wedding was published by Stewed Rhubarb in November 2012. Credits, videos, and texts about poems and performances can be found at www.harrygiles.org.
RACHEL AMEY – Rachel Amey is based in Portobello and is a regular feature on the Edinburgh poetry scene. She is the inaugural Bongo Club/ Rally & Broad slam champion and her debut collection is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press.
SOPHIA WALKER – Sophia Walker is a poet and educator working across Europe and the US. Winner of the 2012 London Poetry Olympics, 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival slam and UK representative for the World Queer Slam, she is not actually Scottish. But, like most people, she really wishes she was.
JIM MONAGHAN – Jim Monaghan is a poet and raconteur, whose poetry is poignant, up-lifting, funny, entertaining – all in one poet! He is a pro-independence member of the Scottish Labour Party and a supporter of the National Collective campaign for independence. Based in Glasgow, he has been active in left-wing politics for 30 years and is a veteran of poetry slams.
Judges: TBA (but they are very good, oh aye!)
Do come. Let’s get political! Again. 🙂