Storytelling, music, comedy, games, word-play and more collide in the intimate setting of our Spiegeltent. Grab a drink from the bar and settle down for some literary-inspired magic. Unbound is free and takes place every night from 13-28 August from 21:00-23:00. Full line-up announced in July in The Skinny magazine and in the listings below. Over 18s only.



The Art of Neuroscience

Sunday 13 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A unique creative collision of words, music and aroma, bringing together stories and curiosities from the world of neuroscience. As the Department of Clinical Neuroscience prepares to relocate to Little France after more than 50 years at the Western...


Island Getaway

Monday 14 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Take a break from the urban bustle of Edinburgh’s festivals and join the editors of the Island Review, Jordan Ogg and Malachy Tallack, as they bring together a spirited crew of writers and musicians for their Unbound debut. Expect celebration,...


After Dark

Tuesday 15 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A night of unsettling stories and music – when the thrills become terrifying, dark, brooding shadows grow and our dreams become nightmares. Come hear two of Argentina’s most exciting new writers, Mariana Enriquez, author of the gothic Things We Lost...


Shoreline of Infinity's Event Horizon

Wednesday 16 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Edinburgh’s monthly live SF cabaret breaks out for Unbound with a special show celebrating Ken MacLeod’s Guest Selected series of Book Festival events and featuring science fiction writers from the Festival plus a mix of poetry, songs, music, drama...


The Donaldsons Strike Back!

Thursday 17 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

After storming the Spiegeltent in 2015, legend of children’s literature Julia Donaldson, and her husband Malcolm, return to the Unbound stage for more rambunctious stories and songs. The creator of the world-famous Gruffalo has escaped for one night...


Kayo Chingonyi & Friends

Friday 18 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Kayo Chingonyi is one of the most exciting new voices in UK poetry. His debut collection Kumukanda is a powerful, hilarious exploration of race and masculinity which kicks hard against easy notions of identity. Host of wordy wonders in London like The...


Babble On Poetry Party

Saturday 19 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Still think of poets as wallflowers hiding in their garrets? You’ve obviously never been to their parties – but tonight’s your night. Hosted by armchair revolutionary Elvis McGonagall, Saturday’s Unbound sees an eruption of wild voices. Ten-time...


True Stories Live - Lost & Found

Sunday 20 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Love The Moth? This intimate storytelling event asks ordinary people to tell true stories from their life to the friendly Spiegeltent crowd. With the theme of Lost & Found, the stories might be heartwarming, revealing, funny, shocking or sad – or all...


Beating New Passages

Monday 21 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A soulful night of music exploring Scotland’s relationship with India. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan perform hits from their critically acclaimed debut album Everything Sacred and follow-up Neuk Wight Delhi All Stars – a mingling of traditions from Britain...


Meet The Last Poets

Tuesday 22 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Formed in the crucible of 1960s black rights activism, with the Black Panthers at the peak of their powers and an irresistible mood of revolutionary hope in the air, The Last Poets have come to be known as ‘the godfathers of hip-hop’, such has been...