If you spend much time in Edinburgh, you’ll probably have noticed the tell-tale signs that the city is once again gearing up for its annual festivals: the first intrepid street performers have made their way to the Royal Mile, while tour guides and their groups wind through the growing crowds. Along with the sword swallowers and comedians, a wealth of poetic talent comes to Edinburgh in August. Here are just some of the shows we’re looking forward to.
Hannah Raymond-Cox is very much a StAnza alumni, so we’re thrilled to see her returning to the Fringe! Hannah took part in her first ever slam at StAnza 2015, returning to claim the winning title the following year.
You might also remember Hannah from StAnza 2018, when she performed a shorter edit of Polaris at one of our Poetry Cafés – if you missed this or want to see the whole show, make sure you get yourself down to the Scottish Poetry Library this summer. A remarkably crafted, viscerally performed queer coming-of-age tale, Polaris dips into questions of how teenage girls talk about their bodies and desires, as well as paying homage the redemptive power of really good soup.
17:00 on 2 – 24 August (except Sundays and Mondays), Scottish Poetry Library
We were lucky enough to see Harry Josephine Giles’ Drone when it came to the Traverse early in the summer, and: wow. This is performance poetry at its most beautiful and bizarre best. Harry Josephine makes full bodily use of a sparse set for this sequence of poems which plays with the different meanings of the word drone, examining technology, gender and labour with an utterly playful seriousness.
19:10 on 31 July – 7 August (except 1 and 12 August), Summerhall
Jemima Foxtrot charmed StAnza audiences with her previous spoken word show, Melody, in 2016: funny and bittersweet, the show interwove poetry and song with a lightness of touch and seriousness of intent. So we’re excited to see her latest offering Cactus, a solo show exploring confessional art and modern life.
20:15 on 3 – 24 August (except 15 August), Bar Bados
We’ll be sharing more as the festival draws closer, so watch this space!