Happenings 16: busy times!

August 7, 2009

This week we embraced many tourists who’ve descended upon Edinburgh for the annual festivals season. August in Edinburgh is famously super fun, with several festivals running in tandem, and loads of fringe activity. Oh, and the parties! This year is particularly big for poetry, with poetry nights Utter! and Underword, as well as the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the West Port Book Festival. There’s also our courtyard readings, Our Ryan in Residence’s various poetic forays and a whole pile of other stimulating, wonderful, vibrant activities! We’re joining in the fun with ‘Movement and Stillness’, a celebration of our poetic interaction with the natural world featuring contemporary & folk music (bluegrass, blues, British folk), poetry and poetic-prose from North America and the British Isle on Friday 21 August at 6.30pm. So much to do and so little time!

The Burns Banner went up! We told you yesterday but we’re telling you again. It looks cracking, and Robyn informs us that it can be seen from Princes Street! That’s what we like, us poetry sneaks – poetry on the street.

On that very note, next week we’ll be announcing a link up with the Southbank Centre, involving GPS and poems…

Ivor Cutler usurped Edwin Morgan in the exhibition stakes. If you’d like an oasis far from the madding crowd, come and chill with us – A Stuggy Pren features photos of Ivor in many cunning guises, as well as listening posts and DVD action. Some of our first visitors have given it the thumbs up already!

We held a Nothing But the Poem session with a twist in its tail – we invited the participants to facilitate for themselves, and happily they seemed to enjoy it!

Tom Pow’s fabulous Dying Villages Project print landed on Robyn’s desk. The website will tell you more, but prepare for a heartbreaking work of staggering sadness.

Two of our holiday makers returned back to the SPL fold bearing French sugared almonds and chocolates from Berlin. Not like us to be distracted by a tea time treat…

Fabulous weekends all! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you at some upcoming frolics in the not-too-distant!

One Response to “Happenings 16: busy times!”


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