Our Next Event! BEGINNINGS for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – 26.5.18


Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2Edkhu1


Our Next Event! YOUNG NIGHT THOUGHT – the album launch from Kirsty Law (8.3.18)

** What makes you climb a tree without worrying about the fall? What prompts you to see the monster in the shadows? What songs do you sing when no one is listening?… **

– The live launch of the audio-visual album project! TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2Dkq3xP


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– The performance of the album by the full band (Kirsty LawEsther Swift, Owen Curtis-Williams, Catriona Price, Ben Seal)
– With special guest singers Karine Polwart and Carla Easton (TeenCanteen)
– Support from the Urban Farm Hand trio (Ben SealSiobhan Wilson, Calum MacIntyre)
– Short film by Daniel Warren
– Art work from Kirsty Whiten and a set from DJ Dolphin Boy

Come see and hear the result of this innovative and exciting album project!

Our next event! The Winter Revue at Clydebank Town Hall (15.12.17)


Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2xZ219D

The Flint & Pitch Winter Revue features a delicious mix of spoken word, theatre and music from well-kent faces and newer voices, hosted by Jenny Lindsay. Join Scotland’s most exciting spoken word and live literature platform for new and emerging talent in the splendid surroundings of Clydebank Town Hall!

Featuring: Alan BissettThe Strange Blue DreamsChris McQueerAngie Strachan and Miss Irenie Rose!

More on these fine folks below:

ALAN BISSETT is an award-winning novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk, who now lives in Renfrewshire. He was Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year in 2011. His most well-known novels are Boyracers and Death of a Ladies’ Man, which was shortlisted for a Scottish Arts Council Fiction of the Year award. His most recent play is his ‘one-woman show’, (More) Moira Monologues, which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. In 2016 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Stirling University for his contribution to Scottish culture and had a street named after him in his native Falkirk. Kid you not.

Chris McQueer is a 25-year-old writer and spoken word performer from the east end of Glasgow. He has been writing for around a year and a half and in that time, has had work published in the likes of Gutter Magazine and has performed at Glasgow’s Aye Write! Book festival and with Flint & Pitch at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017. His debut collection of short stories Hings has been described as ‘Hilariously surreal snapshots of working class Scotland,’ and came out on the 27th of July, published by 404 Ink. It sold out two print runs in quick succession! An unstoppable newcomer on the Scottish live lit scene!

The Strange Blue Dreams debut EP was released in 2016 and immediately put on the national playlist at BBC Radio Scotland. High fidelity vintage pop is how they describe the music they call their own. Pop music for them started around the time of prohibition, continued through the Jet Age into the Atomic era and onwards through the last century. The Strange Blue Dreams released a 7″ vinyl single on Trashwax in January 2017.

“A masterful band” Vic Galloway BBC
“Spooky riffs and spellbinding vocal harmonies” Scottish Fiction

Angie Strachan is a Glasgow based poet. She is a regular performer in the spoken word scene and at business events. Her poetry is a bold and honest account of her own experiences and observations on everyday life. She blends storytelling with her unique quirky style and humour. Angie is currently working on writing a collection of poems with a mental health theme.

Island raised singer Miss Irenie Rose has been making music since 2010. With a guitar and a loop pedal, she has been making radio and television appearances as well as supporting touring musicians such as Rachel Sermanni, Rae Morris, Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kan and John Smith amongst others. She has an EP called Peat Bog and can be found on most social media platforms.

With your host

Jenny Lindsay is a spoken word poet, performer, compere and events programmer, and is the director of Flint & Pitch Productions. Having been programming and promoting spoken word in all forms since her early 20s, Jenny has built a solid reputation for innovative, diverse, exciting programming including as one half of cult cabaret duo, Rally & Broad; with the scene-changing Lyceum Variety Nights (2016 – 17) and for her work on Flint & Pitch since August 2016. She is delighted to present and introduce all the fine folks above for the final Flint & Pitch event of 2017!

Our Next Event! “The Dangerous Woman’s Guide to Transgressive Behaviour” (Sat 25th Nov 2017)


TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2xpU6Ny

There are women who have always refused the life of the socially acceptable woman. There are women who have been forgotten, erased, misinterpreted or much maligned by history. From warrior queens, defiant writers, unsung heroes, suffragettes and the plight of the ‘creative muse’; come join five writer/ performers as they re-tell the stories of some truly transgressive women in a night of storytelling, poetry, song and music.

Lucy Ribchester on the Suffragettes!
Magi Gibson on Camille Claudel, Stella Cartwright and other muses!
Jenny Lindsay on Sonia Orwell!
Mara Menzies on Queen Nzinga of Angola!
and very special guest Emma Pollock, with songs from ‘In Search of Harperfield.’



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The suffragettes were a controversial group, led autocratically, split into tiers of militancy, and still debated today as to whether they helped or hindered the women’s cause. But beyond a few major headline-grabbing destructive acts lay an army of creative women causing vandalism and chaos without endangering human life. From Isabel Kelley’s daredevil skylight break-in into Dundee’s Kinnaird Hall to Evelina Haverfield’s horsewomanship, which she used to disrupt police horses during demonstrations, these women’s ingenuity may have been overlooked by history, but it was them that inspired the suffragettes of The Hourglass Factory.  

Lucy Ribchester is a novelist and short story writer based in Edinburgh. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award and the Manchester Fiction Prize, and her debut novel The Hourglass Factory was longlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown. Last year she was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, during which she began her third novel, set in late 18th century Europe. She is also a dance critic for The List and an active community tutor in Creative Writing and Literacies.  


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“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” said Frida Kahlo. While poet Anna Swir said, “I will not be the slave to any love/To no one /Will I hand over my purpose in life/ My right to go on growing.” But what happens when a woman is ‘chosen’ as muse when she still a teen? Can she be muse and lover and “go on growing”? Camille Claudel, sculptor in late nineteenth century Paris was relentlessly pursued by Rodin when still a teen. Later many claimed he’d authored her best work. Being a muse is such a dangerous thing. As Stella Cartwright, the Muse of Rose Street discovered too. Can there be a happy ending for a creative soul? And how, if at all, will the story be written?

Magi Gibson has had four collections of poetry published, including Wild Women of a Certain Age. Her most recent, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks was described in The National as “A joy to read”. Her work has appeared in many major anthologies, including Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate) and Scottish Love Poems (Canongate). Widely published in literary magazines, she won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 prize for poetry, has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships, was RLF Writer in Residence at the University of Paisley, Writer in Residence with GoMA in Glasgow and Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library.



Sonia Orwell was George Orwell’s second wife, and has largely been portrayed as a manipulative gold-digger who would stop at nothing to take control of Orwell’s legacy. But the truth about Sonia Orwell – who was the model for Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four – was altogether different. Loyal, fierce and intensely idealistic, she was also at the heart of London’s literary and artistic scene well before her marriage to Orwell changed her life forever. In this set, Jenny Lindsay weaves a story about Sonia Orwell, building on her highly praised portrayal of the character of Julia in her 2015 debut solo show, Ire & Salt, which featured in the 2015 Orwell Society Journal and received a 4 star review from The Scotsman.

Jenny regularly performs and hosts events all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. 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 received a 4-star review from The Scotsman and praise from The Orwell Society for its depiction of Julia from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. In 2016 she founded Flint & Pitch Productions and was long-listed for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017. Jenny is known equally for her own writing and performance as she is for creating events that are “a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene.” (The List, on Rally & Broad.)

MARA MENZIES on Queen Nzinga!



Mara Menzies is a Kenyan/Scottish storyteller passionate about the value and power of stories. She works with diverse audiences and loves transporting audiences to new worlds.

She tells the story of one of her idols. A woman who transcends time and place. Queen Nzinga of Angola, who died over 350 years ago and yet whose legacy serves as inspiration for women around the world to this day. Challenging the patriarchy of her day, she assumed power at the grand age of 50 to keep the Portuguese slave traders from taking her people. She was ruthless, proud and defiant with a brilliant strategic mind. Discover more about this extraordinary woman.  

With very special guest:

EMMA POLLOCK: With songs from




A founding member of critically acclaimed Scottish band The Delgados, Emma Pollock was a writer and singer with the band during its 10-year life span, disbanding in 2005. During this time the band released 5 studio albums, including 2000’s Mercury nominated album ‘The Great Eastern’ and toured extensively worldwide.

Emma is also a founding director of both Scotland’s longest running independent record company Chemikal Underground (est 1995) and its sister recording studio Chem19 (est 1997).

Following The Delgados’ demise, Emma became a solo artist and has since released 3 solo albums; ‘Watch The Fireworks’ (4AD) 2007, ‘The Law Of Large Numbers’ (Chemikal Underground) 2010 & ‘In Search of Harperfield’ (Chemikal Underground) 2016.

In addition, she has also taken part in many collaborative projects over the years; she was one of the 8 members of ‘The Burns Unit’ (also featuring King Creosote & Karine Polwart) until their disbanding in 2013 and has written and played often with artist RM Hubbert; co-writing the song ‘Halflight’ which appeared on his SAY 2013 Award winning album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ and ‘Monster In The Pack’ which appeared on Emma’s 3rd long player in 2016.

Emma continues to write in preparation for recording a fourth solo record later this year.

TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2xpU6Ny

Year 2 is Upon Us!

We celebrated our 1st birthday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday 27 August with a Flint & Pitch Revue that summed up entirely why we do this Thing Called Show!

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For the full set of pics from Chris Scott click here!

With the epic A New International, excellent new work from debut authors Chris McQueer and Rachel McCrum, haunting gorgeousness from Laurence Made Me Cry and the performance poetry powerhouse that is Sara Hirsch (plus bonus collaboration between McCrum and ANI with a biting cover of We Call Upon The Author To Explain), our birthday Revue for the Unbound Speigeltent was an epic joy!

And so, pals, we are moving into Year 2….

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Year 1 was a non-stop rollercoaster from the start and taking aw things into consideration, Flint & Pitch has been a mighty success, with 7 Revue shows, 4 Presents shows and 3 magnificent Lyceum Variety Nights, aided by a small but entirely necessary Creative Scotland award for the Revues and Presents series, which were also part-funded by Box Office. The CS funding meant that we could keep entry to our shows reasonably cheap while also paying our artists and the folks behind the scenes properly. We hate to say how rare this is… Hat tipped, CS, and thank you so much for the support in getting off the ground!


October Revue: Harry Giles, Chitra Ramaswamy, Jo Mango,Finn le Marinel,Hannah Lavery


Dec: JL Williams, Teen Canteen, Theresa Lola, Alan Bissett, Malachy Tallack, Harry Harris


Jan: Rachel McCrum, Ross Sutherland, Catherine Wilson, The Strange Blue Dreams, The Miss’s and hosts Jenny Lindsay & Cameron Foster.

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March: Sophia Walker, Ryan Van Winkle, Urban Farm Hand, Ellen Renton, Djana Gabrielle and hosts Foster & Lindsay.

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April: Josephine Sillars, Kevin Gilday, Jackie Kay, Craig Lithgow, Katharine Macfarlane

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May: Gavin Inglis, Claire Askew, Heir of the Cursed, Clare Pollard, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, much Red Stripe, hosts Jenny Lindsay & Cameron Foster


And June, our tie-in Revue with the marvellous 404 Ink: Kirsty Logan, Nadine Aisha, Daniel Piper, RM Hubbert, Roseanne Reid, hosts Lindsay & Foster.

The Lyceum Variety Nights had 4 and 5 star reviews across the board, the Presents series had two sell-out shows, and the Revue series brought acts to Scotland for the first time for full sets including newly crowned UK Slam Champ Theresa Lola for the second of our Revues last December. We also showcased scratch performances from Sophia Walker and Daniel Piper at the Revues, and took relatively unknown names into the 600 seater Lyceum alongside some well-kent faces. We’re delighted to have been part of David Greig’s first season as Artistic Director of ‘The Old Lady of Grindlay Street’ and fair chuffed to have got her dancing so fine on a Sunday evening!

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Our Presents series brought three exceptional touring spoken word theatre shows to the Scottish Storytelling Centre, alongside supporting slots of 20 minutes from a range of new and emerging voices in Scotland-based spoken word and theatre. We’re immensely proud of this part of the year’s endeavours, cos we’re not going to lie… we were nervous! But! Whoddathunk – of course there is an audience and an appetite for a regular series of long-form spoken word in Scotland outwith August! 🙂 Hurrah!

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While we’re super proud of every show, the sold out show for the debut performance of Katherine McMahon’s “Fat Kid Running”, programmed through our Open Call (which garnered over 100 pitches) was one of the most exhilarating moments of the season and continues to bring a tear to oor eyes. Katherine’s show – and the 8 support slots for each Presents show – highlight just how much innovative new work is being made in spoken word in Scotland. It was an absolute privilege to get to showcase it and we’ve ambitions to repeat the Presents series in the future on hopefully a bigger scale!

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As well as that, we’ve done one-off events for Hidden Door, the Scottish Book Trust, Unique Events, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and more.

It’s been a heady time for a (very) small team and it feels like a lot longer than just a year to be honest, and so we’re taking things gently for a wee bit….(Maybe. Honest. Maybe…) But, while there is no regular series planned, we’re delighted to announce a series a one-off wonders with a heap of great folks!

We’ve partnered with some brilliant organisations over the next wee while, including our two RECLAIM THIS SCRIPT events for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in October (mair on that shortly, compadres); a truly epic event coming up in November with ‘Previously…Scotland’s History Festival’ (keep eyes peeled, compadres), and much more to be announced along the way! (Including outwith the Central Belt…. 🙂 )

Absolutely massive thanks to everyone who has come along to Flint & Pitch events over the last year! There’s plenty more to come for the rest of the year and into 2018! xxx


Spoken word/ theatre fans! It’s our FINAL Present show of the season, and we’re delighted to say that Francesca Beard, ahead of touring the full theatrical version of the show, is bringing a bespoke version of How To Survive A Post Truth Apocalypse to the Scottish Storytelling Centre! TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2qKULc7 Read on for more info!

Flint & Pitch Present: How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse

by Francesca Beard

With support from Jen McGregor’s ‘Grave’ and

Ross McCleary’s ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Viable Alternative to Death.’

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The Flint & Pitch Revue #7! With 404 Ink/ The F Word! (Fri 23 June)

With RM Hubbert, Kirsty Logan, Daniel Piper, Roseanne Reid and Nadine Aisha Jassat. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay & Cameron Foster. 7 – 10pm, The Bongo Club. £6

It’s the final Revue of the 2016/17 programme from Flint & Pitch, and we’re delighted to have teamed up with the wonderful 404 Ink to co-host their launch party for their new issue, The F Word. Having realised that four of the contributors to The F Word were to be on our stage that evening (Kirsty Logan, Jenny Lindsay, Cameron Foster and Nadine Aisha Jassat) it made sense to join forces with this unstoppable newcomer to the Scottish publishing scene. So come along to see a brilliant Revue, as well as pick up yer copy of The F Word! (more…)