Gladiators, READY.

The Commonwealth Slam – the Contenders!

Rally & Broad present The Commonwealth Slam, Tues 29th and Wed 30th July, at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. In association with the Commonwealth Games and the Tron Theatre. Doors open 9.15, tickets £5. Tickets can be purchased from the Tron Box Office on the night, or in advance from here:


Ladies & gentlemeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!!!

For your delectation & delight, Rally & Broad will be bringing a new form of competition to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: POETRY. In a unique 2 night event, twelve of Scotland’s finest poets, performers, spoken word artists will be BRINGING IT to the main auditorium at the Tron Theatre. On the first night, twelve poets enter, four poets leave. On the second night, the audience will have the deciding vote on which of the four poets has created the most wonderful, explosive, honest, passionate, heartbreaking, hilarious* sets for the evening. Your presence is required. There has been nothing like this before.


The Contenders!

Rachel Amey!

Rachel is a poet, performer, currently training to be a BSL interpreter and multiple slam winner, with the 2013 Rally & Broad Bongo Club Slam, the 2013 Luminate Slam and the 2013 National Library of Scotland Burn’s Night Slam under her belt, plus competing as a finalist in the 2013 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Festival Slam. She will blow you away.


Carly Brown! 

Carly is the 2013 Scottish Slam Champion, placed 4th in the world at the 2013 Slam Championships in Paris. So, no pressure. Texas native, St Andrews educated, heading for Glasgow for a Masters in Creative Writing next year. Did we mention she’s an ex-Scottish Slam Champion?


Robin Cairns!

Robin is a performer, a comedian and a poet. Frequent slam champion (12 at the last count), he is also the force behind ‘One Night At Rio’, has had 4 star reviews with his numerous shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has had his work in published in numerous collections and poetry publications, on the Glasgow Underground and in the Saughton Prison Magazine.


Sally Evans!

Sally is a poet and publisher, editor and blogger of and about poetry. She is the editor of Poetry Scotland broadsheet, and has three collections of her poetry published including The Bees (diehard, 2008). She lives in Callander, where she runs a bookshop and hosts the annual Callander Poetry Weekend. Her performance of her poem about bears in the 2012 StAnza Slam remains one of the most startling, wonderful moments of performance poetry in the world, ever, according to Broad (who was there).


Doug Garry!

Doug Garry. Doug. Garry. Doug is one of the founders of the irrepressible Loud Poets, a high octane, impassioned energy new collective based in Edinburgh. He’s a dark horse. Watch this space.


Kevin Gilday

Kevin, self described, deals in poetry, rants, spoken word, songs, field recordings and general self aggrandizement. He is the presenter of Rhyming Optional on SubCity Radio, the curator of Interior/Exterior, and his show Note From A Quarter Life Crisis has been touring Scotland in 2014. A force majeure…


Leyla Josephine!

Leyla is a new and explosive force on the Scottish performance poetry scene. Her show ‘What a Fanny’ was created and performed as part of Into the New at The Arches in 2013. She works as a poet, performer and educator in and around Glasgow, and she’s moving to Japan in November. Catch her while you can.


Jim Monaghan!

Jim is a poet, writer, nit picker and cage rattler, frequently found fronting events at the magnificent Govanhill Baths Community Trust. Winner of the inaugural Rhyming Optional Slam, he has performed widely across Scotland, at Wickerman Festival and seen his poem ‘The United Colours of Cumnock’ turned into a folk song.


Martin O’Connor!

Martin is a poet, performer and theatre maker from Glasgow. He started his theatre career as an actor working with the Citizens Theatre Company, The Arches Theatre Company and Det Aapne Teater, Oslo. Since 2005, he has been creating his own work for performance, writing and performing one man shows, poetry events and theatre for young people. His latest show ‘The Pokey Hat’ is currently touring Scotland. It involves ice cream.


Sam Small!

Sam Small is an explosion. With more words coming out of his mouth in 3 minutes than the rest of the room all evening, he is the burning force behind Inn Deep, a monthly spoken word night in Glasgow, and one of the many creative forces behind the forthcoming High Flight zine, capturing new poetry and arts movements across Scotland.


Agnes Torok!

Agnes is a poet and performer, originally from Sweden, via South Africa, now in Edinburgh. She is a member of the Loud Poets and Inky Fingers collectives, and will be premièring her one woman show ‘Sorry I Don’t Speak Culture’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

Agnes Torok Fringe Photoörök-Poetry

Sophia Walker!

Where does one start with Sophia Walker? Winner of the 2013 BBC Edinburgh Festival Slam, Winner of the 2013 Best Spoken Word Show for the PBH Fringe awards for ‘Around the World in 8 Mistakes’, Winner of the 2012 Poetry Olympics, touring poet, spokesperson for the Catching Fire LGBT anthology and poetry events, force of nature. She’s arriving back in Scotland on the day of the Commonwealth Slam. She’ll be here for a month. Scotland – gird yourself.


We dearly wish that we had world enough and time for every amazing poet who had applied to be part of the Slam, but we had to narrow it down, and the Top Hat of Fate made our decisions for us. Should we, the world, be unlucky enough to lose one or even two of the above competitors, however, waiting in the wings are the unstoppable entire process of rainfall that is McGuire, and the devestatingly dry wit that is Tracey S Rosenberg.


McGuire Is the author of ‘Riddled With Errors’ and ‘Everyone Lie Down and No One Gets Hurt’ and his new collection will be launched by Red Squirrel Press in July 2014. Self described ‘A thin Glasgwegian man, touch giddy in the head, sometimes poet of mangled form and dirty prose, sporadic drummer, drunk grammarian, waffler, painter using crayons, lover, hater, teacher, learner, pedestrian, provocateur, wanderer, confronter of shadows, irritating whine.’ POUNCE!


Tracey S Rosenberg!

Tracey is a poet, performer and novelist. She was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award, and has published a historical novel ‘The Girl In the Bunker’. Her first poetry pamphlet, ‘Lipstick Is Always A Plus’ was published with Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012. She recently opened the Swedish Slam Championships, and discovered the delights of reindeer and lingonberry jam  (not necessarily together).


And celebrity judges. And us, of course. Always, us.



And The Beat Goes On – R&B, Feb 21st 2014!

Well, that was a bit of a crackin’ start to the year, wha? We’re still buzzing but the beat does go on, darlinks, it goes on and it goes on. And so…presenting your February lineup, for which we are MOST excited.

Do join us. Mine’s a bourbon on the rocks.




hannah silva



Hannah Silva is a writer and theatre-maker whose work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. As a poet she has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Poetry Hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK.

Her work for theatre includes the solo show ‘Opposition’, a play for a large cast of teenage girls, ‘Orchid’, and ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’ (UK tour 2013). She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3. ‘Marathon Tales’ (co-written with Colin Teevan) has been nominated for the Tinniswood Award for Radio Drama. Her debut poetry collection ‘Forms of Protest’ is published by Penned in the Margins.

billy liar


Billy Liar is an acoustic folk-punk singer/songwriter from Edinburgh, Scotland. Armed with trusty chords and lyrics that reveal an old soul, Billy Liar has been making the rounds throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia for over five years, bashing out singalong anthems and bitter ballads in equal measure.

miracle glass company blue


Brand new psychtrio feat. William Douglas (WD and the Wheel), Austen George (The Setup, The Alvas) and Andy Duncan (Miyagi, The Black Diamond Express). That’s a Supergroup if ever we’ve seen one! 

[and also the loveliest poem by Charles Simic, factfans – Ed.]


jim carruth


Carruth is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo’s Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets, and is the artistic adviser for StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004 and was followed by five pamphlet collections, most recently Working the Hill (Mariscat, 2011) and Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance 2012). In 2009 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and was the winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010 he brought out Grace Notes 1959, a personal response to four classic and ground breaking jazz albums, and his work was also showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. Recently he was joint winner of the McLellan Poetry Prize 2013.

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Claire Askew is a poet, community educator, blogger and typewriter collector from Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in places like The Guardian, The Edinburgh Review, The Istanbul Review and PANK, and have won things like a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the International Salt Prize for Poetry. She just completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Feminist Poetry at the University of Edinburgh, and she recently started work as Young Adult Project Co-Ordinator for Scottish Book Trust.





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)