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.


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