SPL @ EIBF 4 August

August 19, 2009

almost-a-beautiful-day © Pascal Saez at the Edinburgh International Book FestivalWe’ll be hosting some events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month and thought we’d flag them up for you here, in case you’re passing by, or loose-endish, or fancying a poetry fix or a chinwag. And so without further ado:

Tonight, Wednesday 19 August, you will find new Minister for Culture Mike Russell discussing his favourite poems in conversation with our very own Robyn Marsack at 8.30pm. We love this event format – a bit Desert Island Discs, but with poems instead of music and Robyn instead of Kirsty Young.

On Thursday 20 (and Thursday 27) at 11am Julie will facilitating Nothing But the Poem – in which you look at the poem, and nothing but the poem, so help you.

On Friday we’re toasting our 25th year in ‘Present Poets and Past Makars’, with readings from Jen Hadfield, Liz Lochhead and Aonghas MacNeacail. We’re simultaneously sorry and pleased to say that this event is sold out.

On Sunday 30 August we finish our EIBF shenanigans with ‘Revolutionary Europe’, a feast for the poetry fan, with Donny O’Rourke, Wojciech Bonowicz (Poland), Michael Augustin and Sujata Bhatt (Germany) and Ioana Ieronim (Romania) following a week of creative combustion at Crear.

If this isn’t enough, there’s plenty more where it came from in Charlotte Square; Underword and Utter are still serving up lashings of quality for free in Fingers Piano Bar on Frederick Street and the School of Poets are providing a platform every day in our Courtyard Readings from 2pm till 3pm. Also, this Friday (21st) at 6.30pm, we’re delighted to be hosting ‘Movement and Stillness’ – an evening of contemporary and folk music and poetry and poetic prose, while Ryan in Residence and friends will be taking up position in St Andrew Square for a bit of screenprinting and poetry banter on Wednesday 26th.

Phew. Grab your festival legs and let’s waltz!

One Response to “SPL @ EIBF 4 August”


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