Tall Stories and Short Drams at Jura Unbound 2014

Jura Unbound, the late evening entertainment strand at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, promises to be a mischievous mix of storytelling, comedy, music and whisky as an astonishing array of Scottish and international writers, artists and performers unleash their indefatigable energy and creativity on the stage of the Book Festival’s Guardian Spiegeltent.

Roland Gulliver, Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “Jura Unbound is a magical thing. Quietly created from dreams and schemes, ideas and frivolous fancies, it gives our audience the opportunity to discover the makers of some truly magnificent stories and music. This year the Book Festival is saying to people ‘Let’s Talk’. For Jura Unbound we’re saying Let’s shout! Let’s sing! Let’s dance!”

Opening the programme on Sunday 10 August is Glasgow’s Empire Café with a scintillating evening of poetry and prose plus live music from Stanley Odd. Scottish publisher Canongate presents Lost and Found, a heady night of exploring when, how and why we need to escape. Reel Festivals return with Syria Speaks, a showcase of Syrian writing and music that celebrates the cultural richness the country has to offer, and Spoken Word takes centre stage with Nasty Little Press and Page Match promising poetry that packs a punch.

Andy Miller will be on hand to help revitalise literary lives in Read Y’self Fitter, while The Bookshop Band will craft miniature musical masterpieces inspired by a startling array of writing and live literature duo, Rally & Broad, present a special Ampersand edition of their cross-artform cabaret.

Vic Galloway hosts authors and musicians from some of Scotland’s finest independent publishers and record labels; Neu! Reekie! stretch their virile new limbs - Neu! Reekie! Publishing and Neu! Reekie! Records; Jim Lambie joins in with the latest edition of his iconic Glasgow-based Poetry Club and Olaf Furniss presents a special Jura Unbound edition of Born To Be Wide featuring music business impresario Simon Napier-Bell who once managed Wham! James Yorkston hosts the Edinburgh launch of his new album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society, assisted by album contributors KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail.

From further afield, author and musician Willy Vlautin explores masculinity and modern life in North America; Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature celebrates its 10th anniversary with an evening of words and music from Krakow, the seventh city to earn City of Literature status; and world-renowned psychic Laars Head, the comic creation of author E.O. Higgins, will grace the velvet roof and mirrored walls of the Guardian Spiegeltent.

Jura Unbound evenings are free and unticketed and take place every evening from 10 – 25 August from 9pm to 11.00pm in the Guardian Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square Gardens. Guests will receive a free dram of single malt whisky courtesy of sponsors Jura.

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