Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 - 7.30 p.m.
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
An evening of spoken word, music and provocations, in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Flint & Pitch brings together 5 diverse acts to creatively respond to the theme 'Reclaim This Script.' Can 'reclaiming' slurs bring empowerment? How best to challenge dominant narratives about the causes of ill mental health? How can we have better conversations about this, in life and through creative works? Come hear these broad themes (and more) explored in a night of poetry, song and provocations. With Denise Mina, Stephen Watt, Laura Waddell, Heir of The Cursed and Colin McGuire's‘The Wake Up Call’. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay
Expect a challenging and inspiring event. More on the acts involved below:
After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School.
Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, misusing her student grant to write her first novel. She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels.
In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.
Denise will be writing and performing a one-off provocation for ‘Reclaim This Script.’
Laura Waddell is a writer and critic based in Glasgow and works in publishing as an editor. She sits as a board member of Scottish PEN and Gutter Magazine and holds an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow. Her writing (described as "the bare, hurtful truth" by The List) is on the themes of gender, class and the surreal everyday and has appeared in publications including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, 3:AM Magazine and the 2017 books Nasty Women, Know Your Place and The Digital Critic.
As performed at the Lyceum Variety Night No. 2, and as part of Flint & Pitch’s first season of spoken word theatre, McGuire’s ‘The Wake Up Call’ is a surreal, humorous and rousing call to arms to overcome apathy and hopelessness. In your pyjamas. One of Scotland’s most unique writers and performers, with numerous accolades and performances, Colin McGuire’s work explores masculinity, sexuality, anxiety and much more. For ‘Reclaim This Script’ he will be performing an excerpt from ‘The Wake Up Call’ that will make us all sit up and listen.
Author of the poetry collections 'Spit' (2012) and 'Optograms' (2016), Stephen Watt is the Poet-in-Residence at Dumbarton Football Club, became the first ever crime poet to appear at international crime writing festival Bloody Scotland, supporting Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham, and is known to dabble in gothic music/spoken word alongside sound engineer Gareth McNicol as part of Neon Poltergeist.
Stephen is a previous winner of the Poetry Rivals slam, the Tartan Treasures award, the Hughie Healy Memorial award, and StAnza Digital Poetry Slam.
Heir of the Cursed is a Glasgow-based singer and songwriter whose haunting tunes are rapidly gaining notice across the Glasgow and Edinburgh music scenes. In her own words: “ Heir of The Cursed is a caulbearer born of an apparition, a primordial memory, a penny drop in the wee hours. She makes songs influenced by the strange nuances of life, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.” Heir of the Cursed will also be performing at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival launch.
Jenny Lindsay has been writing, performing, programming and promoting spoken word in various ways since 2002. As both a performer and writer as well as a programmer, Jenny has been widely credited with championing spoken word artists in Scotland over the last 15 years, providing many acts with their first experience of professional platforms, popularising the art-form through a dedication to booking excellent acts in new spaces and alongside Rachel McCrum with Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016), “providing a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene.” (The List).
Jenny will be hosting ‘Reclaim This Script’ as well as sharing a short set of new material for the event.
Part of The Spree Festival