Babble On - Spoken Word

Babble On - Spoken Word

Curated in partnership with Becky Fincham and Luke Wright, Babble On brings a host of top spoken word performers to Edinburgh, from international stars to giants of the UK scene. Spoken word is a nimble art form, responding quickly to major events, cutting deeper than journalism. Join poets writing from the frontline of the national conversation, who are forging new ways of writing and performing, and poets looking toward the future as parents. Lose yourself in words that are life-affirming, but don’t flinch away from the struggles of society with some of the most exhilarating talents working today.

Janette Ayachi, Liz Berry, Toria Garbutt & Clare Pollard

Motherhood: Four Poets

Saturday 17 August 12:30 - 13:30

A new wave of acclaimed and award-winning contemporary poets who write about motherhood come together to present their latest work. Through four captivating readings, Janette Ayachi, Liz Berry, Toria Garbutt and Clare Pollard bring their bold, resonant...

Release Your Inner Poet: Spoken Word Workshop

Age 8-12

Saturday 17 August 15:30 - 16:30

From #Instapoetry to TV ads, poetry and spoken word are gaining popularity every day. Do you have an inner wordsmith waiting to be heard? Have you dreamed of taking to the stage with your thoughts and poems? Two of the UK’s top poetry stars – Liz...

Charly Cox, Theresa Lola & Tayi Tibble

Generation Next: New Poetry Voices

Saturday 17 August 16:00 - 17:00

‘It’s official. We’ve fallen (back) in love with poetry’ the Metro declared earlier this year, reporting a 12% increase in poetry book sales in 2018. Underpinning the boom are bold new voices exploring issues from politics to mental health on...

Martin Figura presents Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine

The Formula for Love

Saturday 17 August 17:45 - 18:45

Is there a mathematical equation for love? What can be retrieved from life’s catastrophes and wounds? Martin Figura’s debut spoken word show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and received standing ovations all over the UK. Today he...

Brian Bilston & Martin Rowson

Poems from the frontline

Sunday 18 August 14:00 - 15:00

Martin Rowson, the Guardian’s political cartoonist, has authored over thirty books. His most recent, debut poetry collection Pastrami Faced Racist and Other Verses, is as scabrous and inventive as his cartoons. Brian Bilston brings us his poetry...

Rachel Long, Tania Nwachukwu & Hibaq Osman

Octavia Poetry Collective

Sunday 18 August 16:00 - 17:00

Octavia is a poetry collective for women of colour founded by Rachel Long in response to the lack of representation in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have read beyond the canon and written themselves on their own terms, coming together...

Luke Wright

20 year celebration

Sunday 18 August 18:30 - 19:30

Despite looking like a porcelain-faced 12 year old, Luke Wright’s clocked up twenty years treading the boards from rural bar rooms to the London Palladium and drenching microphones in spittle. Performing poems from his new pamphlet After Engine...