‘Ire & Salt’/’Do Not Alight Here Again’ – new pamphlets from Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum

This is definitely not a Rally & Broad event. No, no. It’s the new pamphlets from Stewed Rhubarb Press. An event in Edinburgh, an event in Glasgow. But it’s definitely not a Rally & Broad. It just happens to contain some of the same supporting cast. jennyandrachel The events…

  • GLASGOW!
  • Thursday 16th April, The Old Hairdresser’s. With support from Chrissy Barnacle.
  • 7 – 9pm, suggested donation of £3. Doors at 630pm.

The pamphlets… Ire & Salt Set to the backdrop of the referendum on Scottish independence, the pieces represented in Jenny Lindsay’s second pamphlet reflect a personal journey grappling with the contradictions in Scottish culture, in calls for independence, and in the way we view and try to attain personal and political power. Empowerment, individualism, autonomy, alienation – this pamphlet flips the lid on a life where depression and anxiety meets hopeful and inspiring political engagement meets frustration, ire and salt. “Defiant, eloquent and inspiring.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman) Do Not Alight Here Again Crossings, sailing, borders, salt, fathers, women, appetite, colonialism, home, grief. Rachel McCrum’s second pamphlet has been two and a half years in the cooking. It explores coming with to terms with life in a country that is in the middle of deciding its own future when you only – sortof – come from there. ‘The sense that this is the perfect way to say something is never far off…’ (Poetry Scotland) The poets… Jenny Lindsay 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. In 2002 she discovered the live poetry world and thus began over a decade of writing, performing and promoting Scottish spoken word. 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 also appeared on Newsnight and Newsnight Scotland, and featured in the documentaries Homage To Scotland (dir. Justin Webster) and Scotland Yet (dir. Jack Foster, Christopher Silver). Her debut collection, The Things You Leave Behind was published by Red Squirrel Press in March 2011. Her first pamphlet The Eejit Pit (2012) is published by Stewed Rhubarb Press. She also features in Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Press: 2014) and Inspired By Independence (Word Power, 2014). Jenny writes about people, love, loss, politics, alienation, Scotland, and 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. Rachel McCrum Rachel McCrum arrived in Edinburgh in 2010, via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She works as a poet and performer, has worked to develop the spoken word scene in Edinburgh with Inky Fingers, Blind Poetics and now co- produces Rally & Broad, Scotland’s cabaret of music, words and lyrical delight. Her first pamphlet ‘The Glassblower Dances’ was awarded the 2013 Callum MacDonald Award, as a result of which, she was the 2013 Michael Marks Poet In Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece. In Spring 2014, she toured performances and workshops in Johannesberg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa as one of the six Scotland based Commonwealth Poets United, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and the British Council/Connect ZA. Her work has been included in the anthologies ‘Be The First To Like This’ (Vagabond Voices), ‘A Bird Is Not A Stone'(Freight Books) and ‘Double Bill’ (Red Squirrel Books). She has performed alongside Liz Lochhead, Phill Jupitus, William Letford and Don Paterson, at the Latitude and Wickerman Festivals and many other places. . Rachel’s work explores national and personal identity, loss, love, frustration and things questioned and unsaid. She believes passionately in setting up DIY platforms, likes red wine, dark chocolate and strong pickles, and once upon a time, she went sailing.

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