The Fringe is just around the corner and we’ve had a look around for a mix of events for fans of books and the spoken word scene. There’s no sleep in August, so let us help you with filling up your schedule.
Loud Poets | Aug 4-13, 15-20, 22-28
This is fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is the spoken word revolution! Over the last three years, the award-winning Loud Poets have cemented their place as the top spoken word show at the Fringe. Their unique blend of poetry, live music and film has wowed audiences at Fringe Festivals including Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague and they return this year with a brand-new show filled with comedy, tragedy, politics and poignancy. ‘Loud Poets give me a reason to live’ (Phil Jupitus). ‘Throughout, there’s a humour, poignancy and most of all a confidence which serves to inspire’ (Scotsman).
That’s What She Said | Aug 16-26
The ‘biggest spoken word night in London for women’ (Evening Standard) makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut. A different line-up every night of incredible, irreverent poetry, performance, stand-up and storytelling by women, with featured headliners including: Hammer & Tongue Slam Champion Leyla Josephine; multi award-winning (including a Fringe First Award) renaissance woman Sabrina Mahfouz; ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’ (ApplesandSnakesBlog.org), Rosie Garland; and loads more big names. Expect fierce, feminist truth and fiction from the best and boldest emerging and established women spoken word performers and writers around. Open-mic available, tweet @forbookssake to grab yours.
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist | Aug 8, 10, 15, 17, 22
With four sell-out shows behind her, Ann Treherne, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre talks about Edinburgh’s famous son and man of literature who became the world spokesman on spiritualism. Famous author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle himself became an investigator, but of psychic phenomena. Famously declaring himself a spiritualist and dedicating his life to its cause. Ann will explore his early life in Edinburgh, before he was famous, and explores the early stirrings of a lifelong interest. Ultimately, she will explain why the centre bears his name.
Trainspotting Live | Aug 2-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-27
Acclaimed immersive staging of Irvine Welsh’s classic, direct from world tour. In a tunnel opened exclusively for Trainspotting, the audience are literally part of the action, including the notorious ‘worst toilet in Scotland’ scene. A ticket to ride you won’t soon forget. Choose life. Sunday Times Best New Play Award. Official sell-out edfringe 2015 and 2016. ‘Must see for fans of the novel and film alike’ **** (Telegraph). ‘A big fat hit, just don’t sit near the toilet!’ (NME). ‘The best way to experience Trainspotting. I was shocked and I wrote the f*cking thing’ (Irvine Welsh).
And some bookshops hosting events…
Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe | Aug 3, 10, 17, 24
Edinburgh’s oldest bookshop presents an evening filled with the best in Scotland’s literary scene, from poetry to Tartan Noir, contemporary to historic fiction. For the full line-up of performers, please visit https://writersatthefringe17.eventbrite.co.uk.
Edinburgh’s Book Fringe 2017 | Aug 3-23
Started in 2009 by Word Power, Edinburgh’s Book Fringe hosts an array of writers to perform, read from and discuss their work, as well as sign books. This year’s Book Fringe will be delivered by three independent bookshops – the Lighthouse, Golden Hare and Edinburgh Bookshop. This is a unique collaboration that celebrates Edinburgh’s vibrant literary scene and the bookshops that serve the readers all across the city, all year round. Expect free, friendly, intimate events with a fantastic selection of writers, poets and novelists. Previous guests have included Mark Thomas, James Robertson, Amy Liptrot, Helen Fitzgerald, Janice Galloway, Rajah Shehadeh and Marion McCreedy.