The Big Word
The last stand
Sad times indeed, as it falls on us to announce the last ever night of Edinburgh’s spoken word cabaret institution The Big Word, which was started ten years ago by the now-mythical performance poet Jem Rolls. Over the last decade the night has proved vital in establishing a stand-up poetry scene in Scotland, offering emergent poets a platform and producing several new stars of the scene along the way.
Organiser Jenny Lindsay, who has been running the night for the last six years, is not letting it go out with a whimper. ‘I’ve put together a line-up of the best performers we’ve had over the last ten years – like a tribute,’ she says. ‘This last night is going to be the best line-up ever. We are definitely going out on a high!’
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Thu 17 Apr, 7.30pm.