For nearly a decade, Neu! Reekie! has been electrifying audiences in Edinburgh (and beyond) with its incendiary mix of spoken word, music and short films. The brainchild of poet-provocateurs Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen, Neu! Reekie! has been a key player in popularising spoken word for a new generation of young Scots, their stage a meeting ground where a golden generation of poets (Douglas Dunn, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead) share the limelight with tomorrow’s stars. For CoastWord, the Neu! Reekie! boys have pulled together another unmissable bill. In addition to Pedersen and Williamson, thrills and spills will be provided by folk musician Rachel Sermanni, singer-songwriter Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), and CoastWord poet-in-residence Jenny Lindsay who will read poems written during her residency.
Michael Pedersen is the author of two poetry collections, published by Polygon, the most recent of which is Oyster (2017).
Kevin Williamson is a poet and a publisher. He is the co-founder of political and cultural commentary website Bella Caledonia. During the 1990s, he ran Rebel Inc, which championed the early work of Irvine Welsh and Alan Warner.
Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish folk singer. Chosen as a Herald ‘Star of 2012’, she subsequently went on to support Mumford and Sons, Elvis Costello and Rumer.
Louis Abbot is a founder member of Admiral Fallow, which has recorded three albums and toured with Belle and Sebastian, King Creosote, Paolo Nutini and Snow Patrol.
Jenny Lindsay is a poet, performer, programmer and co-founder of Flint and Pitch, a platform where emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts perform alongside established artists.