WORDS FIRST! A Celebration of the BBC 1Xtra/ The Roundhouse Words First Glasgow Group!

Rally & Broad have had a busy year in 2015! From our regular cabaret series in Glasgow and Edinburgh, to road-trips to Inverness, Wick, Dundee, Wigtown, Gatehouse-Of-Fleet and many other places (including various venues and, um, schools), we’ve had a rare old time of it!

But, one of our major highlights this year was being the Glasgow facilitators of the BBC 1Xtra/ The Roundhouse Words First Project. Partly a professional development opportunity, partly a talent scout, Words First took place in six cities across the UK, with different lead tutors in each area. Potential participants auditioned to take part by sending in a short video and covering statement, in order to gain a place on the project, which was a week-long intensive masterclass series on all aspects of spoken word and performing, as well as a live show with special guests, recorded for BBC 1Xtra. Open to 16 – 25 year olds, we were totally bowled over by the folks who applied! (See clips from the UK wide events here –


Spoken word Masterclasses with Rally & Broad in 2016!

Hello all!


And so…we are DELIGHTED to announce that we will be running three sets of weekend masterclasses in the spring of 2016 with three incredible spoken word performers: Francesca Beard, Ross Sutherland and Caroline Bird! The first two masterclasses will take place at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and the final one with Caroline Bird as a residential weekend up in Moniack Mhor in Invernesshire.

These masterclasses grew out of our pilot series last spring. They are suitable for more experienced performers  of spoken word, over 18 years old, who have already undertaken at least one feature set and are looking to develop their practice. In addition, participants from the first two Masterclasses will be invited to showcase their work at a special event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Thursday 14th April 2016.

Booking for Francesca’s masterclass in February is open NOW! For full details on the content of the workshops including how to apply for a place, please read on… 🙂



  • Friday 5th (evening), Sat 6th & Sun 7th February 2016 (1030 – 4pm): Francesca Beard. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. £90, 12 places.


Rally & Broad Masterclass Series: #3 Harry Giles & #4 Elspeth Murray!

We are delighted to present the next two masterclasses from Rally & Broad, from Harry Giles and Elspeth Murray! See below for more details, and book a place.
We’ve found that they are filling up quickly, so advance booking is essential. As before, book a single workshop for £8, or both for the special price of £15! 
#3 HARRY GILES – MASTERCLASS – Poetry On The Streets
(Saturday March 28th, 12 – 4pm)
What happens when we take poems off the stage and out into the streets? This is a workshop on performing out in the public, looking at the skills and ideas behind street and political performance. We’ll practice street performance skills, explore writing in powerful and impactful ways about the issues that matter, and talk about what it might mean to be a political poet.
# 4 ELSPETH MURRAY- MASTERCLASS – Performing Poetry With Presence
(Saturday April 25th, 12 – 4pm)
You and your poems have life and energy. How can you bring your work off the page and deliver it to its full potential? Performance nerves are natural, however much experience in front of an audience you have. Learning about the energy of presence will enhance your experience of your (and other people’s!) poetry both on the stage and off. In this workshop you will build performance presence through awareness of your body, voice, eyes, ears, head and heart. Through short writing exercises and voice practice in pairs and small groups, you will develop a sense of confidence that will serve you as a performer and have relevance to other areas of your life. No need to bring poems with you. Come prepared to breathe, focus and let go!
About Harry Giles

Harry is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh, where he does poetry and performance and stuff in the cracks in between. His pamphlets Visa Wedding and Oam are published by Stewed Rhubarb, his debut poetry collection was shortlisted for inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. He founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY, and his participatory theatre has toured across Europe and Leith.

Murray, Elspeth

About Elspeth Murray

As a poet and wordsmith Elspeth Murray enjoys multi-disciplinary collaborations, cross-platform and educational projects and writing to commission. She has been a poet in residence at national and international health conferences, a hospice, Glasgow Fort shopping mall, Scottish Widows, Great Circle PR agency and Glendronach distillery. Her workplace residencies were featured in BBC Radio 4’s documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry. She is a member of the Authentic Artist Collective and a trained facilitator in Critical Response Process. She also tours internationally with the multi-award winning Puppet State Theatre Company.

A New Project from Rally & Broad!

Rally & Broad launches The Masterclass Series! With two fantastic workshops from Francesca Beard and Salena Godden!


Hello! We hope that your New Year has started with a magnificent bang/serene awakening/massive breakfast/as you will.

We’ve got an exciting new project trialling over the next two months, and we wanted to let you know all about it. In January and February, two of our feature poets (Francesca Beard and Salena Godden) will be offering masterclasses in various aspects of spoken word and performance poetry. On Saturday 24th January (12 – 3pm), Francesca will be focusing on how to build a live set, offering an insight into how to engage a live audience. On Saturday 21st February (12 – 3pm), Salena will be focusing on writing and performing memoir; including how to walk the line between the private and the public when performing or reading in a live setting.

Salena Godden

These workshops will be part of a six month masterclass series, aimed at anyone interested in developing their skills, whether this is as someone building a practices in spoken word, an author looking to develop their reading abilities, or for newcomers looking to explore all aspects of spoken word. Although developed as a series, any one workshop will be a fantastic development opportunity.


The workshops are £8 each in advance, or £10 on the day. We are also offering a special price of £15 if both workshops are booked in advance. To book a place, click here:


We hope to see you there. Happy 2015!

Rachel & Jenny