Friday, March 28, 2008


Join host Jenny Lindsay to say... GOODBYE BIG WORD!

Final cabaret of Edinburgh's finest lyrical poets and songsters! THURS 17 APRIL, THE JAZZ BAR, CHAMBERS ST, EDINBURGH £4/3 CONCS, doors 7.30, show 8 - 11. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay

Featuring a huge line-up of: TIM TURNBULL, anita govan, MARK RAFFERTY, ross sutherland, JONATHAN MUIRHEAD, tracy patrick, ROBIN CAIRNS, j.l williams, STEVEN BARNABY, graeme hawley, BRAM GIEBEN, milton balgonie & KEVIN CADWALLANDER

For more info, contact Jenny on 07989 508 436 (NB: This is NOT a slam: tis a wonderful lyrical medley of spoken word/performance poetry pro's!))

Come celebrate the best of the spoken word with short sets from 12 of the best spoken word artists in Scotland, plus joyfully satirical songs from Mark Rafferty.

The Big Word finishes up its last season with THE BEST bill ever! To celebrate OVER A DECADE of running shows in Britain (first London, Bristol, then Edinburgh and a short stint in Glasgow) co-ordinator Jenny Lindsay has gathered a selection of the poets who have regularly shone on The Big Word stage in Scotland.

Big Word was born in London; brainchild of highly acclaimed performance poet Jem Rolls ( living in Canada the past two years). He took the idea to Edinburgh and joined forces with spoken word artist Anita Govan, not only running the biggest poetry slams the nation had ever seen, but finding and promoting excellent poets from all performance genres. Jenny Lindsay has been running Big Word in various guises since 2002: first in Glasgow with Anita Govan (2002 - 2003), then in Edinburgh from 2004-2005 with Jem, then solo from 2005 till now. Big Word has enjoyed (with the help of Scottish Arts Council funding) a stupendously long existence for a poetry cabaret. It ends on a high, having nurtured an ever-growing and now not-quite-anonymous art form in Scotland.

The last cabaret features short sets from all the acts below.

TIM TURNBULL: Winner of the Arts Foundation Award 2007 & nominated for the Felix Dennis award for new writing 2007.
ROSS SUTHERLAND: Member of poetry boyband Aisle 16 & regular performer at The Big Word.
BRAM GIEBEN: Chemical Poet & Big Word slam champ. Founder of radical new writing/protest group Weaponizer.
STEVEN BARNABY: ...and his 50 word stories!
J. L WILLIAMS: Sensual spoken word artist: host of new cabaret Neue Liebe.
TRACY PATRICK: Paisley poet & prose writer.
ROBIN CAIRNS: Glasgow's finest stand-up poet.
JONATHAN MUIRHEAD: aka Audrey Witherspoon. Former co-ordinator and host of Piranha Poetry.
MILTON BALGONIE: "Ranting, raving spluttering cross between Rabbie Burns, Elvis & the tasmanian devil...A must see act" The Scotsman.
GRAEME HAWLEY: Newly crowned Scottish Slam Champion (Aye Write Festival, 2008) Big Word slam champ 2006: witty, dark & poignant verse.
ANITA GOVAN: Co- Promoter of new spoken word night VoxBox. "Artfully sculpted poems," Sunday Herald.
KEVIN CADWALLANDER: Highly acclaimed North-East poet, promoter of VoxBox, and author of many publications too fabulous to mention.
MARK RAFFERTY: Glaswegian comic-songwriter. Satirical and side-splitting alternative verses to many a classic song :)

Thank you to everyone who has supported The Big Word over the years: it will definitely not be the last you hear of the great acts above! And...perhaps not the last of the exhausted host :)

Jenny Lindsay
The Big Word
07989 508 436

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