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Rally & Broad in December…The Takeover Editions!

Oh aye, we know it’s the weekend before Christmas, and all manner of work dos and Christmas shopping and celebrating shenanigans will be going on. Why not come down and celebrate them with a thoroughly irreverant series of takeovers for Rally & Broad? MISCHIEF WILL BE MADE. Also, dancing. Oh, this time, there will be dancin’…

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  • Rally & Broad meet Poets Against Humanity! With sets from Gav Prentice, Jim Monaghan and Teen Canteen. Sunday 20th December, 230 – 530pm, Stereo, Glasgow. £6 on doors or £5 in advance here.

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But what does all this actually mean…? Read on…

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Rally & Broad…Le Grand Relaunch! It’s Here!

Comrades! Pals! Dearest! Lend us your whatsits! It’s finally here! Season 4 is GO! With not one but FOUR events coming up this very week…come see us in Edinburgh, Dundee and/or Glasgow, with some most excellent of friends….

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  • Friday 23rd October: ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Rally & Broad in association with the Mental Health Foundation. With Delighted Peoples, Loki & Becci Wallace, Harry Giles, Chrissy Barnacle and Dog On A Swing. Doors 7pm, the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. £5 on the door or in advance here. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
  • Saturday 24th October: Rally & Broad at Literary Dundee! With Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express) and Lucy Ribchester. 9 – 1030pm, Bonar Hall, Dundee. £3/£2 on the door or in advance here.
  • Sunday 25th October: ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ (Glasgow edition). With Blue Rose Code, Martin Figura, Helen Ivory, Cat Hepburn & The Miss’s. With special guest performer, Iranian writer Sepideh Jodeyri, in association with Scottish Pen. Doors 230pm, Stereo, Glasgow. £5 on the door or in advance here.

Not only these three tasty extravaganzas to get Season 4 well and truly underway, but we’ll also be hosting the Saltire Society 2015 Literary Award Shortlist announcements on Thursday 22nd October in Edinburgh. It’s gonna be a busy old week. We can’t wait to get cracking, and we’d love to see your faces.

Catch you at the front? Ours is a raspberry martini.

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We’re all Tangled Up In Blue…Season 4 Launch!

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch!

Friday 23rd October, Edinburgh, Bongo Club. 730 – 1030pm, in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Tickets £5 – available here!

Sunday 25th October, Glasgow, Stereo. 230 – 530pm. Tickets £5: available here!

Dearest pals!

We’re utterly delighted to be back for our FOURTH SEASON, which will see us continuing our core cabarets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as various other bits and bobs that we’ll tell ye about as we go. 

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We’re launching in the weekend of Fri 23 – Sun 25th October! Have a wee squizz at our terrifically eclectic line-ups! Spread the word, diaries oot, click attending on that Facebook (Edina, Glasgow) pen us in, and come on down!

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We’ve teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. And whit a line-up we have….
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Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (The Glasgow Edition)…End of Season Shows!

Sunday 28th June, 230pm, Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. With AL Kennedy, Findlay Napier, Kirsty Logan, Michael Pedersen and Maud the Moth! Tickets £5 on the door or available in advance here.

So, this is it, chaps. So long and thanks for all the fish. It’s been a blast. We’ve loved seeing you. It’s not you, it’s us. Toodlepip, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir. Kisses. See ye around…

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We’ll be back in October for Season 4, by hook or by crook, and there is plenty to be getting on with in the meantime. But yes, this is the very final show of Season 3 for us, and we’d love it if you could come out to play. Helping us kiss off the year, in very very fine form and fettle, are…

AL KENNEDY!

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A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 15 books: 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Her new book All The Rage – a collection of short stories – was published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2014 and she will be reading from this collection at Rally & Broad.

An intense vulnerability, shot through with fragments of Kennedy’s dark humour… A sure-footed and intelligently organised collection.” (The Guardian)

http://www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk/

FINDLAY NAPIER!

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Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. Findlay is also well known as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.

His new album, VIP: Very Interesting Persons, contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives.

“A collection of cracking songs that all add up to a cracking album… his voice has a mesmerising addictive quality to it…” (Maverick Magazine)

http://www.findlaynapier.com/

KIRSTY LOGAN!

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Kirsty Logan is an exciting, young, Scottish literary talent, rapidly gaining notice for her short stories and fiction. She is the author of acclaimed short-story collection The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, and her debut novel The Gracekeepers was published in 2015. Kirsty is also a Rally & Broad favourite, with a gorgeous, sharp reading style, and The Gracekeepers has been required bedside table reading at Rally & Broad Towers for quite some time…

“The Gracekeepers is a seemingly impossible combination of the lyrical and the gritty, the magical and the brutal. In haunting prose Kirsty Logan has woven a compelling, emotionally dense fairytale that kept me enthralled ‘til the last page.” –Tamar Cohen

http://www.kirstylogan.com/

MICHAEL PEDERSEN!

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Michael Pedersen is a poet, playwright and performer with a broad track-record of collaborations with musicians, film-makers and artists across the UK. Pedersen’s first, partly-illustrated, full-length collection, Play With Me, was published in 2013 by Polygon Books (Guest editor Gerry Cambridge).

He is co-founder of the literary night and record label Neu! Reekie!, the lyricist for the band Jesus, Baby! and has written short plays for troupes such as the National Theatre of Scotland/Five Minute Theatre.

‘If you like poetry that is cool, smart, hilarious and quirky and can just suddenly rip your heart out, Michael Pedersen is your man’ – Irvine Welsh

https://twitter.com/scribepedersen

and MAUD THE MOTH!

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Classically-trained but thoroughly unique artist, Amaya Lopez (Maud The Moth) presents songs from album The Inner Wasteland. Deriving influences as varied as jazz, modern composition and heavy metal, Maud The Moth makes her Glasgow debut at our extra-special end-of-season show! We’re utterly delighted about it!

https://maudthemoth.bandcamp.com/

See ye there? Ours is a shandy. We’ll bring the cake. Love ye, xx

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Because The Night…(Glasgow edit)

Rally & Broad ‘Because the Night…’ at Stereo, Glasgow, on Sunday 31st May. With Caroline Bird, The Last September, Alan Bissett (and friends), Hailey Beavis and Marianne Macrae. And all ye who came. All photos by Chris Scott.

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Six Questions for…Alan Bissett!

Alan Bissett is one of Scotland’s best known writers, novelists, playwrights, performers, and activists, with Very Good Reason. We’re absolutely delighted to have him back for Rally & Broad ‘Because The Night...’, at Stereo, Glasgow, on Sunday 31st May with Caroline Bird, The Last September, Marianne MacRae and Hailey Beavis (tickets here). Oh yes!

With Rally & Broad at Festival of Politics 2014. Photo credit: Robb Macrae

With Rally & Broad at Festival of Politics 2014. Photo credit: Robb Mcrae

Ahead of May’s show, we sat down to ask him six questions about writing, labels, politics, art, activism and all the rest. And boy, did we get some cracking answers…

1. Novelist, playwright, performer, activist – that’s a lot of strings to yer bow! Which one is twanging hardest for you at the moment?

To be honest, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between them. Obviously at one level, if you are sitting down to write a novel you are a novelist, when writing a play you are a playwright, and so on, but otherwise it all bleeds into one. I only became a ‘performer’ in the first place because I was doing so many readings from my novels in schools, libraries and festivals that after a while you just memorise it and it tips over into theatre. Some of the activism has felt ‘performed’ – not because you’re not being truthful but because you have to engage a political audience in exactly the same way that you engage a theatre audience. So for example, I just got back from Wigtown, where I was billed as ‘stand up’, which involved me improvising a comedy set that included storytelling, banter, politics, plus bits from my novels and plays – which I think might form the basis of a future tour. I can’t really see the joins anymore. Let’s just call it all ‘blethering’.

2. Cutting straight to the mustard. Post Indy ref – what is the role for artists? And, with hindsight, what role do you think artists played in the referendum?

I think artists played a huge role in the indyref, both within, say, National Collective and beyond it. I’m not going to kid myself that the opinions of artists were as important to the general public as those of politicians or economists, but we did add another dimension that was more colourful and imaginative, and we were able to frame the debate in certain ways – through poetry, theatre, songs or illustrations – that allowed people to understand differently and see themselves inside the magnitude of what was going on. The numbers people can’t do that, which is why they often had to rubbish us – ‘oh you’re just people who make up silly stories and draw pictures, what do you know?’ Well, we gave the whole thing an emotional layer that is often more powerful than talking about GERS figures.

Our ‘role’ afterwards? Well, I don’t think anyone can or should proscribe what any artist’s ‘role’ is. But clearly the whole process is ongoing. We don’t have an indyref to bind us together, which is why it’s probably the right thing that National Collective folded and also why we’re now seeing divisions emerge during the movement, some based on sound political principles, others on ego. But I think the artists will continue to try and make sense of it all in their own ways, sometimes individually, sometimes collectively. There have been very fine works created during the white-heat of the campaign, but we’ve yet to see a true masterpiece emerge. I think there could be several in the offing, but we’re still in an extraordinary state of flux so it’s hard to pin things down. Soon as your pen touches the page the material is dated.

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3. What do the words ‘Scottish culture’ mean to you?

Well, Scottish culture is different things to different people, obviously, and it should feel inclusive. I might think Allan ‘rivers of blood’ Massie has lost the plot as a political commentator, but I can see that he has written some very fine novels which deserve to be taken seriously as works of Scottish literature. However, I can certainly say that the Scottish culture which means the most to me is the kind which feels oppositional and rebellious, which is a clearing a space beneath the hegemonic Anglo-American culture (some of which is obviously very good, but hegemonic nonetheless) to articulate the language, themes and stories of working-class (or other marginalised) Scots. Unless Scottish writers themselves do this then we”ll just have this homogenous Hollywood/BBC culture, and an entire people’s consciousness will go with it. This is what Hamish Henderson called the ‘carrying stream’ of the folk tradition, and it applies as much to Eddi Reader as it does to Irvine Welsh. That’s the stuff that’s really valuable to me.

4. So, the seeming rise and rise of the spoken word/performance poetry scene in Scotland. Do you see yourself as part of it? And if so (or if not), what are your thoughts on it?

Oh I don’t know. I’ve been on the ‘scene’ for about fifteen years now and when I started out there was a lot less of what would now be called ‘spoken word’. Rebel Inc had done some great stuff creating a buzz for live events in the Nineties, and Liz Lochead was a stand-out before then, but that had died away by the time my first novel, Boyracers, came out in 2001. Back then the ‘poems and pints’ vibe in the back room of a pub was more the thing, but people weren’t really expected to be ‘performers’ and to be honest I found some of it quite boring. I always felt it was being rude to the audience to expect them to listen to you for twenty minutes and not even make an attempt to be entertaining. I mean, with the best will in the world the human brain doesn’t work that way!

I was like: we’re really missing a trick here, and I resolved to make my readings more of a theatrical experience, which is why I stood out back then. I got involved in nights like Discombobulate with the poet Magi Gibson and the comedian Ian Macpherson in Glasgow in the mid/late Noughties, which was really about consolidating that ethos across a whole bill, and which was eventually replaced by Kirstin Innes’s and Anneliese Macintosh’s Words Per Minute. I think both contributed to the current crop of very, very strong spoken word nights we now see, like Rally and Broad and Neu Reekie! which really have perfected the form.

Things have truly changed now and evolved into ‘spoken word’, where writers are expectedto be good performers and boring acts just aren’t programmed. There’s a level of professionalism about younger writers – in terms of the way they present themselves onstage – that’s much more in tune with what live audiences want. I’m certainly not a rarity anymore. As for being part of the current ‘scene’? No, I’ve probably been around for too long for that to be the case. But I definitely approve of this generation of stage-ready younger writers, who all seem really politicised too, so I don’t feel estranged from it either. If the current spoken word scene was Britpop, then Irvine Welsh would be John Lennon and I’d be Paul Weller.

5. What’s coming up next for you?

I’m touring a comedy set around Falkirk, called What the F**kirk? which is about, you guessed it, Falkirk. Having spent so long looking at the things on the national level during the indyref I want to really focus in on the local: asking what it means to have a ‘home town’ and trying to work out whether or not community still exists. It’s definitely feels like my first ‘post-referendum’ statement, which is going beyond the Yes/No binary.

After that, in Spring 2016, it’s the big one: my play about the ex-Rangers manager Graeme Souness, written in verse. We’ve tried sections out in front of test audiences and it provokes big reactions. I can’t wait.

Beyond that I’d like to try a stand-up tour. I should also get around to writing another novel, but I have to wait until my theatre slate is clear and the right idea presents itself. You need to keep doing things that no-one will see coming. There’s no point in releasing a novel just for the sake of releasing a novel. Why miss the chance to fuck with people’s expectations?

6. And finally…Because the Night…belongs to who?!

…vampires, of course! *

*Team Gary Oldman in Dracula 1992. [excellent choice…Ed]

Alan Bissett’s Collected Plays is out now with Freight

(http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/collected-plays-2009-2014-I9781908754448/)

What the F**kirk? will be touring Falkirk venues from 3rd-14th June

(https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/falkirkcommunitytrust)

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Because The Night…Rally & Broad in Glasgow in May (& it’s our 50th Show!*)

Rally & Broad: Because the Night…Sunday 31st May, Stereo, Glasgow. With Caroline Bird, The Last September, Marianne MacRae and Hailey Beavis. Tickets £5 on the door on in advance here

…belongs to us…

Hola, comrades.

George Orwell reckoned you get the face you deserve at 50…

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From oor very first show in Edinburgh in October 2012. Look at those fresh wee mugs…

In May 2015, we’re celebrating our FIFTIETH SHOW!

Well, sortof – in all honesty, we’re not entirely sure if the 50th show is in Edinburgh or Glasgow and actually, it might well be our 57th, but pedantry bedamned, frankly. We’re going to have a party. There might be cake. Because The Night…belongs to us. In all its forms and dreams and terrors. Come raise a glass with us…

With some of our favourite old faces (they’re not old. It’s just…aye, ye ken…) and some utterly delightful new ones

CAROLINE BIRD!

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Caroline Bird is one of the most dynamic, incisive, astounding performance poets in the UK, while also being a playwright, performer and much more. The Hat-Stand Union (Carcanet) is her fourth published collection of poetry, and she’ll be reading from that, and new work besides. Also, she is an excellent drinking companion. We can testify.

‘Bird is irrepressible; she simply explodes with poetry. The work erupts, spring-loaded, funny, sad, deadly – you don’t know if a bullet will come out of the barrel or a flag with the word BANG on it.’
Simon Armitage

http://www.carolinebird.co.uk/

ALAN BISSETT!

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Author, playwright, theatre-maker, performer, activist. We never know what Alan is going to bring to the R&B stage, and we love him for that. We don’t know what he’s planning this time either. Come and see….

Bissett is a terrific performer, capable of terrifying, high-speed transitions…[has] wit, sharp political intelligence, and an ability to entertain his growing army of fans.’ (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)

http://alanbissett.com/

THE LAST SEPTEMBER!

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The Last September are on an exciting detour into fresh musical territory, inspired by indie, folk, rock and the odd spaghetti-western thrown in for good measure. Come hear tunes from new album Volcano!

‘…tight, driven and energetic’

http://www.thelastseptember.co.uk/

MARIANNE MACRAE!

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https://twitter.com/mariannemacrae

…and HAILEY BEAVIS!

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Exciting and innovative artist, singer-songwriter and performer, Hailey Beavis is not only lyrically delightful but utterly captivating on stage. An R&B favourite and a must-see act!

http://www.last.fm/music/Hailey+Beavis

And all the usual spraffing and raffling with your resident comperes, poets, players-with-words, Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. Come celebrate with us. Ours is a slab of Victoria Sponge and a glass of warm beer.

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I’ll Get You Anything My Friend

Gosh, the April shows were jampacked with goodness! From Stereo on Sunday 26th April…The Creative Martyrs! Katy Hastie! A very special showing of Nae Pasaran! Luke Wright! Jonnie Common! Raffles! Spraffings! Solidarity! See ye next month…xx

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Rally & Broad: Can’t Buy Me Love – April, Glasgow.

Sunday 26th April, doors at 230pm. £5. Stereo, Glasgow. With Luke Wright, Jonnie Common, Kirstin Innes, Katy Hastie and The Creative Martyrs. 

Eventbrite: You can book tickets in advance, didya know?!

Love love love. All you need is love. What it’s worth to you?

Joining us to suss all this out…

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LUKE WRIGHT!

“Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” (Metro)

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.

http://www.lukewright.co.uk/

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JONNIE COMMON!

Glasgow-based songwriter and Rally & Broad favourite, with songs from latest EP Trapped in Amber. “With Trapped in Amber, He has taken sounds that are so bizarre that in isolation could be used by enterprising town councils to scare away feral pigeons.” (Folk Radio UK) Sounds barry tae us!

https://jonniecommon.bandcamp.com/

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KIRSTIN INNES!

Kirstin’s debut novel Fishnet is published by Freight Books this month! Fishnet is about sex work, sisterhood and everyday economics, and is the result of three years’ worth of research.

‘Bold, sensual and unflinching, Fishnet lays bare a world too often misjudged and misunderstood. Kirstin Innes writes with courage, warmth and real insight. This is a hugely enjoyable and important book.’ – Emma Jane Unsworth

http://kirstininnes.com/

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KATY HASTIE! Glasgow-based writer and performer, Katy Hastie’s work combines strong performance and poignant insights that make for a cracking live show. A unique and engaging new voice!

http://glasgow.academia.edu/KatyHastie

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THE CREATIVE MARTYRS!

“Cosmic everymen occupying a perch roughly midway between Vladimir and Estragon and Laurel and Hardy, the Creative Martyrs specialise in satirical songs on ukulele and cello, and the explicit nudging of their audience’s political conscience.” (Time Out) 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Creative-Martyrs/128578897375

Hosted by resident comperes, poets and general players-with-words, Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. Give us your hearts. xx

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‘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.