Edinburgh International Book Festival

Thursday 6 August 2015

Simon Armitage (photo Paul Wolfgang-Webster)

This year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15th to 31st August and we’re delighted to forward this information from them on some of the poetry they have on offer. You can buy tickets online for the events. However we're delighted that StAnza has a supply of FREE tickets available to our followers for several of the events detailed below.

We have two pairs of free tickets for the four events specified which we can allocate to the first two people who contact us. If you would like to apply for any of the free pairs of tickets, please send an email to info@stanzapoetry.org with a note of the event of your choice and your name and the tickets will be available for you to collect at the Edinburgh Book Festival box office.

Poetry Events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
15 – 31 August 2015

Bringing over 800 authors to Edinburgh each year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a vibrant and inspiring festival for all lovers of the written and spoken word. 750 events, bookshops, cafes and plenty of activities for children jostle for attention in Charlotte Square Gardens, right in the heart of the city.

Poetry events are always a key part of the Book Festival and we have selected a few of the highlights from this year’s programme that might catch the eye of StAnza fans.

This year features exciting Book Festival debuts by international poets from Mexico and the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada. Established names share the bill with up-and-coming poets who are making waves and look out for poetry in performance in special events celebrating spoken word and epic poetry recitals.

You can browse a full list of all poetry events here.

For more details on events or to book tickets, visit the Book Festival’s website, www.edbookfest.co.uk or call their box office on 0845 373 5888.

Kate Tempest with Don Paterson: Game Changing Poetry
Tue 18 August at 8.15pm

Still in her twenties, ferociously-talented Kate Tempest has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, won the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry and secured a novel contract with Bloomsbury. In this event Tempest discusses her full-length poetry collection, Hold Your Own, with acclaimed Scottish poet Don Paterson.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kate-tempest-with-don...

Mexican Writing, An Insider's View with Gabriel Orozco: Poetry
Wed 19 August at 2.15pm

A very special chance to see three hugely talented poets from Mexico, who are also editors, publishers, novelists and impresarios. Monica de la Torre, Julian Herbert and Gabriela Jauregui create poetry that is bold and experimental. Their poems shine a powerful light on the experience of everyday Mexican people.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/mexican-writing-an-in...

Ron Butlin & Valerie Gillies: Seeing Scotland in Verse
Thu 20 August at 12.15pm

Two former Edinburgh Makars and two of Scotland's finest poets unite in this event. Ron Butlin's The Magicians of Edinburgh interrogates Scotland's past, present and future. Valerie Gillies' The Cream of the Well brings together four decades of poetry, from her early volumes to unpublished poems, showing how her writing has shaped and inspired her life.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ron-butlin-valerie-gi...
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

George the Poet: Meet the People’s Poet
Fri 21 August at 8.15pm

George Mpanga is the 24 year old Cambridge-educated wordsmith who has attracted attention and accolades with his socio-political verse and urban beats. Mpanga presents Search Party, his first collection of verse brimming with his trademark mix of wit, honesty and rhythm to articulate the voice of a new generation.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/george-the-poet

Bus Stops, Cul-de-sacs and Rutted Tracks: Urban to Rural in Spoken Word
Sat 22 Aug 2015 at 10.30am

Spoken word is often labelled as 'street poetry' but are the boundaries between the territories of urban and rural poets as sharp as we imagine? This event celebrates the contradictions and expectations of place in spoken word and all the characters therein. Travel through a range of landscapes with sharp-witted and evocative performances from Luke Wright, Deanna Rodger, Mike Garry and Will Burns.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/bus-stops-cul-de-sacs...
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

The Poems of Iain Banks: Poems by Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod
Sun 23 Aug at 2.15pm

Two years since his death, Iain Banks' work could hardly feel more relevant, more alive. Now, fans of the Scottish writer can discover a previously unknown Iain Banks in a series of poems he wrote as a young man. Fellow science fiction writer Ken MacLeod has prepared a selection of Banks' best early verse alongside some of his own in a collection called, simply, Poems.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/the-poems-of-iain-banks
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

J O Morgan: Poetry Performance – At Maldon
Sun 23 August at 7.30pm–9.00pm

Breathtaking, moving and viscerally affecting, Borders-based J O Morgan's epic poem At Maldon rivals Alice Oswald's Memorial and Christopher Logue's War Music in its stunning evocation of the experience of war. Today Morgan performs his epic from memory.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-o-morgan

Liz Lochhead: An Hour with Scotland's Makar
Wed 26 Aug at 5.00pm

A hugely accomplished playwright as well as Scotland's current Makar (National Poet), Liz Lochhead discusses her new play, Thon Man Molière, her fascination with the great French comic dramatist and his oeuvre, Greek tragedy, Schnitzler's La Ronde and throws in a few as-yet uncollected poems from her Makar years among old favourites from her Selected Poems, A Choosing.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/liz-lochhead-4
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

Simon Armitage: Walking on the Beaches
Thu 27 Aug at 5.00pm

One of Britain's best-loved and most accomplished performers of poetry, Simon Armitage walked the length of the Pennine Way for his prize-winning Walking Home. Now he's followed up that success with a walking adventure round the coastal fringes of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Armitage recounts his adventures in Walking Away, and today he shares some of his finest poetic moments from the odyssey.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/simon-armitage-3

Innu Poetry from the Canadian Tundra: Unique Scotland-Canada Collaboration
Sat 29 August at 11.00am

Three writers from the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada present their work alongside three Scotland-based poets. In this collaboration, Anna Crowe, Rachel McCrum and J L Williams have worked with Joséphine Bacon, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Naomi Fontaine to interpret the Innu-aimun verse and text and produce new work in English, comparing experiences of life in countries that are far apart, but on a very similar northern latitude.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/innu-poetry-from-the-...