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 change 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 explored in a night of poetry, song and more. With Denise Mina, Stephen Watt, Laura Waddell, Heir of the Cursed, Colin McGuire’s ‘The Wake Up Call’. and special guest Kathryn Joseph. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay.
Kathryn is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Heggarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth. She was winner of the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year Award with her debut Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled
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. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime 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 presents TV and radio programmes as well as regularly appearing in the media, and has made a film about her own family.
She regularly appears at literary festivals in the UK and abroad, leads masterclasses on writing and was a judge for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction 2014.
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.
COLIN MCGUIRE’S ‘THE WAKE UP CALL’
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
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.
Hosted by Jenny Lindsay
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). Though spoken word is Jenny’s primary passion, she has a keen eye on the emerging music scene in Scotland and enjoys bringing multiple art-forms together under one roof in any event she programmes. She will be hosting ‘Reclaim This Script’ as well as sharing a short set of new material for the event.
Part of The Spree festival
Supported by Paisley 2021 Culture Events and Heritage Fund.