Cos We’re Askin’ …

Rally & Broad, ‘Ye Dancin’?’, Friday 23rd May. The Counting House, West Nicholson St, Edinburgh. Doors at 730pm, show begins at 8pm. £5.


Ach, we’re cramming them in for you. CRAMMING. It’s our penultimate show of this season, and we want to give you a good time. The best time, really. With that in mind…





Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.

His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” The List

Since 2006 he has written and performed seven one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. His current show Essex Lion tours throughout 2014.

One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” Johann Hari, The Independent

Hello …



Falkirk born, Glasgow based novelist, playwright and actor, with bestselling novels Boyracers, The Incredible Alan Spark, Death of A Ladies Man, and award winning plays the The Ching Room, The Moira Monologues, The Red Hourglass and Ban This Filth! To his credit. His new play, The Pure, The Dead and The Brilliant will debut at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And he was born in the same year as David Bowie’s Space Oddity.



Jo is known as one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. She has written about 80 performed scripts in just about every dramatic medium, some of which have been performed all over the world, including LOSING VENICE, LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE and THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE.

She wrote lots of these plays when she was still living as a man, and known as John Clifford. The plays she wrote for the Traverse in the eighties are among those that revived that theatre and made it internationally famous. Since transitioning to Jo, she has also re-discovered herself as an actress and performer, most notably in GOD’S NEW FROCK (the play and the film); SEX, CHIPS AND THE HOLY GHOST; THE PASSION PLAY; THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN; the film HIGH HEELS AREN’T COMPULSORY and innumerable spoken word events.

She has just written a ‘Dear Scotland’ monologue for the National Theatre of Scotland; is writing a play for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; and is working as a performer with Chris Goode and Co. in Chris’s new play ALBEMARLE.



We love Lake Montgomery. This will be Lake’s third (we think) outing with Rally & Broad, following a mellow, melting performance with poet Ryan Van Winkle at ‘The Ampersand Edition’ at the recent Bongo Lives minifestival. Close your eyes, be transported.



Most recently, Krystelle Bamford’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and The Kenyon Review. In 2010, she was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize. Though raised in the US, she has been living in Edinburgh for the past seven years.

Krystelle Bamford


ToluOgunlesi2013_(photo by Teju Cole)

Tolu Ogunlesi was born in 1982. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the geckos singing from a balcony (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella,Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray, 2008). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, in 2008 the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship, and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham. His fiction and poetry have been published in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tolu is appearing at Rally & Broad via the Commonwealth Poets United project, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and the British Council:

And us. Yours truly. Muggins. Stagger on, friends. Stagger on.



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