Writer & Spoken Word Artist
Photo credit: Jamie Mcfadyen Photography.
My latest theatrical/spoken word show Stephanie Says will make its first tentative steps into the world on 04/11 at the Tron Theatre. Featuring new poetry, a live band and collaboration with make-up artist Jenna Clayton. The event page is here.
I'm going to be out of action for the best part of a month as I embark on a study tour to the Volta region of Ghana in association with Green Door Studios. The trip will allow me to study with the talented musicians of Tafi Atome - learning drum, vocal and dance.
Sonnet Youth has two big shows coming up, our Book Week Scotland Special on 23rd November and our End of Season/Xmas Party on 21st December. Both with line-ups overflowing with talent, both at our home venue of Drygate.
I'll be captaining the 'humour' team against four others at the first ever 'four styles poetry slam'. Come check out the action at the Tron Theatre on 20th November.
Unite Union are sponsoring a free one-day edition of my #ClassWords workshop in Irvine on 08/10/16. We'll be looking at structure, performance skills, finding your voice and sharing your work. The perfect introduction to spoken word. Get involved here.
BBC The Social!
I've been creating more videos for the BBC. Check out the playlist of my work here. Hard to believe I'm getting away with this on the national boadcaster.
Contrary to prior experience, I had a great time at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Both Wonders at Dusk and At The Illusionist's Table had hugely successful runs. I also got to pick and choose some fantastic guest spots such as the BBC Poets vs Rappers contest and the amazing Loud Poets.
My Patreon subscription campaign is on the cusp of meeting its first target. Patreon allows you to subscribe to all my future work and receive a video update every month for less than a pound. Check it out here.
Excited to announce the launch of a brand new monthly spoken word night, Sonnet Youth, hosted by myself and Cat Hepburn. We'll be showcasing the best poets from Glasgow and bringing in big name headliners from around the country. 3rd Wednesday of every month at Drygate.
Patreon has been a big success, with numerous subscribers putting me within touching distance of my first target. If you'd like to get in on the action, check out my Patreon page for more details.
Exciting news. You can now subscribe to my work directly through Patreon. Any level of monthly fee gets you an exclusive poem every month and access to all my future work. Read all about it here.
I'll be compering and performing at a special Burns Night edition of The Empty @ Drygate. A one-off night of craft beer, DJs and some of the best spoken word performers in Scotland. Check out the live page for details.
The Sea Kings!
I've been collaborating with fantastic Glasgow band The Sea Kings on a double A side single, provisionally due for release on record store day. The release will feature two poems set to music - Glasgow Overture and Beast Be With You (penned by Sea Kings frontman Brian Canning).
The Man Who Loved Beer pamphlets are now officially sold out, with only a limited amount of Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis books still available. A second run will be organised for the near future.
Alternative Burns Night!
I'll be compering an alternative Burns Night on behalf of Empty @ The Drygate. Glasgow's best spoken word artists plus a reknowned DJ - a reinvention of a Scottish classic.
Tell It Slant!
Both my pamphlets - Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer - are now available for purchase at the Tell It Slant poetry bookshop, part of the project cafe. A great shop, definitely worth a look.
Gigantic Lying Mouth!
Work has started on my next hour-long theatre/spoken word show with the working title Gigantic Lying Mouth. A crack team has been assembled to help me produce my most ambitious show yet. There'll be blog entries incoming, hopefully laying bare some of the intracasies of creating a full length piece.
I'll be spending my Boxing Day in East Kilbride where I'll be supporting local prodigy Declan Welsh at his homecoming gig. Alcohol fuelled Xmas madness is sure to ensue.
I'm very happy to announce that REaD, the theatre/cabaret project I worked on with tidy carnage as writer and poet, has received Creative Scotland funding and will tour the country in 2016. Dates are still being finalised but you can expect to catch REaD at a theatre near you next May.
A big thank you to Lingo Festival, Dublin - a fantastic weekend of contemporary spoken word. I managed to run about the centre of Dublin, performing 3 gigs in the one day. I also finished 2nd in the Lingo Slam, not bad at all.
The High Flight!
Glasgow's premier poetry fanzine The High Flight have published my piece 'I've Fallen Out Of Love With Poetry' in issue 12 of their incredible publication. You can check it out online here. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a bizarre interview with yours truly in an upcoming edition.
The Inter-City Slam!
And finally, a big thank you to my Team Glasgow brethren Cat Hepburn and Katie Ailes who helped me defend Glasgow's honour and come out as champions at the Inter-City Slam.
Glad to announce I'll be making my Irish debut at the Lingo Festival this October in Dublin. I'll be performing at both the poetry brunch (sounds pretty posh) and poetry bingo (sounds amazing) on the 17th Oct. More info on the Lingo site.
I'm very proud to be captain of Team Glasgow at this year's inter-city poetry slam. Come along to the Tron Theatre on the 18th to watch us do battle with other, less important cities.
Signed copies of Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer are available (along with corresponding album downloads) from my Bandcamp page. Take home some books of questionable poetry while supporting a local artist - win/win.
Rhyming Optional will return after a summer break with an expanded portfolio. As well as a monthly radio show we'll be expanding into semi-regular event promotion - watch the live page for details of happenings.
The Toronto Fringe, my first experience of a North American style finge, was a great success. Fantastic audiences, great reviews and a real word of mouth buzz combined to make it a really special run of shows. Much love to the fringe organisers and the friends I made during the festival.
If you're on your way to The Wickerman Festival you can catch me (and a whole host of other incredible poets) on the Ingrid Pit Stage. Check the board at the tent for times.
My show 'New and Selected Breakdowns' will run from 16th-22nd August at Clerk's Bar (South Clerk Street, near Summerhall). It'll be a show bringing together some work-in-progress pieces, some comedy bits and an audience selected 'mixtape' of material from the archives. Check out the event here.
Both pamphlets have been selling amazingly well, we're now over half way through the first edition of each. Pick up your copy on Bandcamp.
Very happy to announce that I'll be releasing two pamphlets of my work out into the world through my own Rhyming Optional Press. The pamphlets will correspond to the two full shows I have written and performed - Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer. They also come replete with design and illustrations from the talented artist Weaam Sperinck.
My short play Rubberneckers which was shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play Award this year will get an airing as part of Writers Block at The Rum Shack. Check the live page for details.
Details of performance dates are now available on the live page. There'll also be a warm-up show in Kilmarnock with fantastic local supports.
After a brief break Rhyming Optional is back on the air this month with a special performance from this year's slam winner Katie Ailes. Check out the event here.
Exact dates and details have been confirmed for my appearance at the Toronto Fringe. I'll be performing eight dates at the famous Tarragon Theatre. More details on the live page.
The Man Who Loved Beer!
There's going to be a few more stops on The Man Who Loved Beer World Tour (yes, we're calling it that) after Toronto, with gigs lined up in Ramsgate, Kent and a few other places south of the border as well as some more unlikely locations in Scotland. Keep and eye on the live page for details.
Thrilled to announce that I'll be supporting Eddie Argos (legendary frontman of Art Brut) on the Glasgow leg of his spoken word tour. 24th May at Broadcast.
Wickerman and Edinburgh!
I can also confirm my appearance at this year's Wickerman Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. Two events I love to take part in - if you're around for either please drop by and catch a performance.
Happy to announce that my play Closing Time will be in development as part of TalkFest at The Tron Theatre. This includes a reading of the piece that is open to the public.
I'll be kicking off the month with a couple of fundraising gigs. I'll be supporting the Scottish Green Party at Siempre Cafe on the 09/04 and independent Scottish film Starcache at Blackfriars on 11/04. Two worthwhile causes and an excuse to see some great acts.
The Rhyming Optional Slam returns for its third year. The theme this time around is 'Game of Poems' - which literary pugilist will win and which will fall? You'll have to come to The Rum Shack on the 18th May to find out...
Scotland Short Play Award 2015!
Very happy to announce that my play Rubberneckers has been shortlisted for the Scotland Short Play Award 2015. From the 114 submissions the judges narrowed the field to a 9 play shortlist, the piece will now receive a full day workshop at Cumbernauld Theatre. Read all about it here.
Loud Poets Glasgow!
After an incredible opening night Loud Poets Glasgow continues apace with a jaw dropping bill. We have youtube sensation Hollie McNish, BBC Slam Champion David Lee Morgan, European Slam Champion Miko Berry and newly crowned Scottish Slam Champion Bram E. Geiben. Oh aye, and me. Have a look here.
I'll be making my first sojourn south this month to perform at Newcastle's premier spoken word night Jibba Jabba before returning a week later for a special performance of The Man Who Loved Beer. Check out the live page for details.
Rally and Broad!
I was interviewed by the talented duo Rally and Broad in advance of performing at their show. They asked all sorts of interesting questions and I managed to sound like I knew what I was talking about. Read the full piece here.
Loud Poets Glasgow!
The launch of Loud Poets Glasgow was a huge success with a packed Old Hairdressers being treated to outstanding performances throughout the night. If you were there you can check the photos here, if not then get along to the next show - Glasgow Calling.
The Man Who Loved Beer!
The show was finally recorded and will be broadcast as an upcoming Rhyming Optional special before being released as a download via Bandcamp. More soon on how you can own it.
The show continues to be an integral part of the Glasgow scene. Check out the last show with special guest Agnes Török here, and the show archive (with everything available to listen to again) here.
Two pieces of my work have been published in the past month by fantastic independent publications - check out Found in the Mud in The High Flight fanzine and London in a special release from The Grind entitled Remnants.
I'm proud to announce that I'll be taking my critically acclaimed one-man spoken word show The Man Who Loved Beer for a run of shows at the Toronto Fringe in July 2015. More on exact dates and venues as I get the details.
The Man Who Loved Beer!
The Man Who Loved Beer will be performed for the final time in Glasgow as part of a double bill with the extremely talented Agnes Torok. 19th January at The Old Hairdressers, £4 on the door (or whatever you can manage).
After a great debut during Arches Live the REaD team are coming back together to restage the piece at the Tron Theatre in 2015 as part of the Mayfesto programme. I collaborated with Tidy Carnage Productions and five incredible performers on this piece exploring the cultural significance of red hair.