More articles Friday 22 August 2014 4:15pm
Letters Home wins Fringe First Award
The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s exciting new collaboration with multi award-winning Scottish theatre company Grid Iron has won a coveted Fringe First Award from The Scotsman.
Letters Home is an ambitious project which began when the Book Festival commissioned four internationally acclaimed writers to produce brand new pieces of short fiction, inviting them reflect on the themes of identity and home in the form of letters between different characters. These letters were adapted into a promenade theatre production directed by four of Scotland's leading theatre artists alongside Creative Co-ordinator Zinnie Harris. The resulting production takes place in different locations around Charlotte Square, and has been performed to sell out audiences each night throughout the Book Festival.
News that Letters Home had been awarded the Fringe First Award was revealed at a special ceremony in Edinburgh on 21 August.
Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said ‘As the world’s leading literary festival, Edinburgh always strives to present events in innovative and imaginative forms. This is an ambitious project and we are thrilled that it has been recognised with this prestigious award.’
Judith Doherty, Co-Artistic Director of Grid Iron, said ‘We are really delighted to have received a Fringe First. Letters Home was a labour of love for everyone at Grid Iron as new writing is at the heart of what we do and to have had the opportunity to work with, and meet, such distinguished writers has been a real honour. We are also delighted that our collaboration with the Edinburgh International Book Festival has been so well received by our audiences.
Letters Home is supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
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