Friday January 17th – What Difference Does It Make?

It’s 2014, ladies & gents! Happy New Thing! How many resolutions have you broken already? What Difference Does It Make, anyway???

To kick off the year of Rally & Broad-ness, we’ve got a rather exciting bill to help answer that question…the following literary, musical and lyrical delights. DON PATERSON! LEO CONDIE! REBECCA GREEN! CARLY BROWN! And new performance piece…The Craic Where The Light Gets In!

And us too. We’ll nae doubt have a few answers too 🙂 Get thee there, comrades! We need you. We love you. You are the Boy With The Thorn In Our Side. Our Girlfriend In A Coma. It Was Really Nothing.


don paterson
DON PATERSON – Rally & Broad are delighted to present one of Scotland’s finest poets. Paterson’s poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the TS Eliot Prize on two occasions. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published two books of aphorisms, The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004) and The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007.) Paterson teaches at the University of St Andrews and has been the poetry editor at Picador Macmillan since 1996.

leo condie

LEO CONDIE & BAND – Star of Oscar-nominated The Illusionist and frontman of acclaimed Glasgow band The Low Miffs, Edinburgh-born Condie wrings visceral melodrama from the songs of Brel and Brecht, plus other Weimar-era ballads of revelry and debauchery. With a voice the Times described as ‘…in the airy realms of Billy Mackenzie or Roy Orbison’, Condie veers from tender to theatrical in My Death, Amsterdam, What Keeps Mankind Alive. ‘Condie was all over the complex delivery without sacrificing anything in the enunciation’ ★★★★ (Scotsman).

rebecca green

REBECCA GREEN – Rebecca Green is an artist who works with overlaps and fusions of screen and theatre performance, spoken word, live art, writing, craft and participation. Humorous, surreal and witty, her spoken word performances turn the everyday on its head.

richard and elspeth

PLUS! “The Craic Where The Light Gets In” – A scratch performance from Richard Medrington and Elspeth Murray “two of Scotland’s most entertaining performers and poets” (Scottish Poetry Library)

carly brown
And introducing
CARLY BROWN – A new and exciting voice on the Scottish performance poetry scene, Carly Brown is the winner of the 2013 Stanza Slam and is also the current Scottish Slam Champion.

Hosted by award winning poets and promoters:
Jenny Lindsay
(The Big Word/ Is This Poetry?/BBC Slam Winner 2012) &
Rachel McCrum
(Callum Macdonald Award winner 2013/ BBC Slam Finalist 2012/ 2013)

“What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives.” (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday)

“I didn’t bring you up to speak like that. F**king hell, darling…”
(Jenny’s Mum)

You look a bit like Grayson Perry, dear.”
(Rachel’s Mum)

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