Babble On - Spoken Word

Babble On - Spoken Word
Babble On returns with performances from some of the best poets and spoken word artists from across the world. Produced in partnership with Luke Wright and Becky Fincham, this year’s theme is ‘Leaving the Garret’ and includes Roger McGough, Hollie McNish, Harry Baker and Iona Lee. Plus we’ve got the first ever Scottish gig for the godfathers of hip-hop, The Last Poets. We celebrate poetry’s galvanising force, through poetry collectives, as a tool for social change, and poetry that inserts itself into the fabric of modern life. Not all poets wander lonely as clouds.

Luka Lesson, Jenny Lindsay, Omar Musa & Michael Pedersen

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...

Luke Wright

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...

Poets Laureate: I Wandered Lonely as a Crowd

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...

Story Shop

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 or our website in July for the line-up.

Harry Baker

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....

Jemima Foxtrot, Iona Lee, Sabrina Mahfouz & Sophia Walker

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...