The Poetry of Performance
Saturday 12 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Hear the fruits of a very special residency bringing together some of Scotland and Australia’s finest spoken word. Book Festival regulars Jenny Lindsay and Michael Pedersen have joined forces with Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and...
Putting Austerity to the Verse-sword
Friday 18 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Travel the unfashionable A-roads of England with award-winning poet and spoken word artist Luke Wright, performing work from his new collection The Toll. Discover a country riven by inequality but sustained by a surreal, gallows humour. In lines...
Scottish Talents Take to the Stage
Friday 18 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Brilliant Contemporary Poets
Saturday 19 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm
What does it mean to be a poet and represent a collective voice? Luke Wright guides us through 350 topical years of Poets Laureate – from Dryden to Duffy – as four brilliant contemporary poets perform their work and make a bid for a Laureateship of...
Saturday 19 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.
Saturday 19 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Performing Poetry with Charm
Saturday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the man who is a World Poetry Slam Champion turned full-time poet via a maths degree. Following on from his debut collection, The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker brings a selection of old favourites and brand new poems to the Book Festival this year....
Sunday 20 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Phenomenal Women Speak Out
Sunday 20 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm
While comedy still struggles with gender equality, the spoken word scene is well used to its biggest, most exciting exports being female. Following in the footsteps of Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish, we bring you some of the most exciting new talents in...
Monday 21 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm