Biography

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY 

Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books),  as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis,The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016) and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her 2015 debut solo show Ire & Salt which explored power, artistic autonomy and empowerment, received a 4-star review from The Scotsman, with Gutter Magazine saying “Lindsay’s approach is defiant – belligerent even – taking to the stage as if staging a coup…Her coup is real: for a politically-rooted self-expression that many would doubtless prefer mute.”

Jenny is the director of Flint & Pitch Productions, which specialise in curating spoken word, music and theatre events across Scotland. For more info see www.flintandpitch.com

Email jennylindsay@gmail.com Twitter:@msjlindsay

To support Jenny’s work/ buy merchandise:www.jennylindsay.bigcartel.com

Education & Training

  • General Teaching Council of Scotland: full registration gained June 2012
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Modern Studies (University of Strathclyde: 2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Politics (First class) (University of Stirling: 2008)

Projects

  • Flint & Pitch Productions: A new spoken word, theatre and music production house for Scotland, with regular and bespoke events, from late-night Revue shows, spoken word/ theatre ‘Presents’ shows for long-form, touring productions, and the Lyceum Variety Nights. (2016 – ongoing)
  • Rally & Broad: A lyrical cabaret and spoken word organisation with events and masterclasses curated by Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. (2012 – 2016)
  • SHIFT/ Collective: A new poetry collective for Scotland focused on supporting the production and performance of original spoken word solo shows. Founded in 2015 for the Aug 15 Fringe, with Sam Small, Rachel McCrum, Jenny Lindsay, Rachel Amey, Bram Gieben, Ali Maloney and Harry Giles.
  • Ire & Salt: debut solo show (Fringe 2015) Touring in various locations 2015 – 16
  • In Her Shadows – a visual performance challenging the stigmas around depression; using dance, aerial and physical theatre. Includes a physical-theatre adaptation of poem ‘Today’. In Her Shadows is devised by A Blank Canvas and directed by Cora Bissett. Currently touring, Autumn 2015.

Publications

  • The Things You Leave Behind (Red Squirrel Press: 2011) ISBN: 978-1-906700-38-6
  • The Eejit Pit (Stewed Rhubarb Press: 2012) ISBN: 978-0957636316
  • Ire & Salt (Stewed Rhubarb Press: 2015) ISBN: 9-781910416020

Anthologies

  • “Drinking With Jason Part 2: Daisy Chains,” in Airmail: Taking Women of Letters To The World (Penguin/ Random House Australia: 2015)
  • “Edinburgh,” “No Ball Games” and “Wisest Is She” inBe The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Press: 2014)
  • “And The Plastic Bags Rustled In The Trees” inInspired by Independence (Word Power Books : 2014)
  • “In Scotland” in Pax Edina: The One O’Clock Gun Anthology (Leamington Books: 2010)

Notable Commissions

  • “Ode to Laphroaig,” – For White Label, January 2015
  • “b. 1979 +” – For Homecoming Scotland, December 2014
  • “A ‘Very Scottish’ Spoken Word Provocation,” For the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Babble On Series, August 2014
  • “Edinburgh,” For (g)Host City Virtual Festival, August 2011
  • “Launch Speech (in verse)” – Written for Jonathan Mills, incoming Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, 2007.
  • “Chill Winds,” For BBC Radio Scotland, December 2007
  • “A Prettier Picture,” For Young Scot, May 2005
  • “Instant Tatties An’ Irn Bru,” For Young Scot, December 2004

I have also written commissioned articles for The Scotsman and Bella Caledonia, amongst others.

Events Management/ Artistic Programming

  • Rally & Broad literary cabarets (2012 – 2016) Includes events commissions for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Festival of Politics, Literary Dundee, Homecoming Scotland, BIG LIT, the Mental Health Foundation/ Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival amongst others)
  • Festival of Ideas (artistic events curator, 2014 – 15)
  • “Imagine a Better Scotland: A celebration of Scottish culture and political discussion,” Lead programmer, as part of Yestival (Summerhall, Edinburgh, July 2014)
  • All Back To Bowie’s (Poetry programmer, Aug 2014)
  • National Collective Presents (Programmer and co-host, Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2014)
  • The National Collective Edinburgh Sessions (Programmer, promoter, co-organiser with Cameron Foster – Circus Café, Edinburgh, Jan – July 2014)
  • Is This Poetry? (Jan – July 2010)
  • Big Word Performance Poetry (Co-programmer, host, 2002 – 2008)

Broadcasts

I have been a frequent contributor to various radio shows on BBC Radio Scotland over the last 10 years, mainly on the Janice Forsyth Show.

Additionally, I have appeared on Newsnight and Newsnight Scotland discussing politics and culture, and featured inScotland Yet (2014, dir, Jack Foster, Christopher Silver) and Homage To Scotland (2014, dir. Justin Webster.) My poetry has featured on Channel 4 News, STV Nightlines and the Rob da Bank Show (Radio 1.)

Workshops/ Education work

I am an experienced workshop facilitator for both adults and young people, including for:

  • Confab’s Scottish Youth Slam Championships (2016): Facilitator, alongside Anita Govan, Viv Gee, Rachel McCrum, and organiser Rachel Jury.
  • BBC 1Xtra/ The Roudhouse – Words First (Glasgow): facilitator, alongside Rachel McCrum.
  • Moniack Mhor: Running youth workshops in poetry and performance in Wick and Inverness through Moniack Mhor’s youth programme (June 2015)
  • The Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writer’s Conference – workshop facilitator and performer, October 2014
  • Outlook: Kindling The Flame (Edinburgh, Jun – Oct 2014.) Outlook is the adult education service for users of Edinburgh’s mental health services. This programme explored power, politics, performance and literacy to lead up to a live event at St Brides in Edinburgh in October 2014.
  • The University of Edinburgh’s Office of Lifelong Learning (various sessions, June 2008 – June 2010)Short weekly sessions exploring Poetry in Performance, culminating in live event experience for participants.

 Contact jennylindsay@gmail.com for bookings. Rates complicit with industry-standards but negotiable for unfunded events, charities and start-ups. Fee = nish for causes I believe in. x

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