StAnza's Edinburgh Fest Poetry List, 2017 (I)

Monday 24 July 2017

As promised, we’re happy to list any poetry related events happening in Edinburgh in August, and here are first details sent to us. Do keep them coming, and once we get into August and everything kicks off, please do also send in your reviews, all to

Umbrellas of Edinburgh (Russell Jones, Claire Askew, Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Harry Giles and Finola Scott)

Venue : Bosco Theatre

Time and Dates: 17 August, 12:30-13:30

Ticket price/free: £12/£10

Get inspired to find new ways to explore Edinburgh with Claire Askew and Russell Jones, who have put together the anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh. They will be joined by some of the book's contributors including Harry Giles, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Jane Yolen and Finola Scott.


Event Horizon (sci-fi cabaret) at Unbound

Venue : Spiegel Tent

Time and Dates: 16 August, 21:00-23:00

Ticket price/free: Free

Edinburgh’s monthly live SF cabaret 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 and art. Over 18s only.


Come Down the Mile – Edinburgh Poetry Tours (Ken Cockburn)

Venue 167, Outside the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

August 5–28 (not Thursdays & Fridays), 11.00 (12.30)

Tickets £10.00 (£5.00) – NB tickets for previews on 5 & 6 August are £6.00 (£4.00), and there is a 2-for-1 offer on 7 & 8 August.

Edinburgh has inspired writers for centuries. Join poet Ken Cockburn for a walk illustrated by poetry, shifting between parliament & palace, cemeteries & gardens, narrow streets & open parkland. Hear poems about Edinburgh by Robert Burns, Carolina Oliphant, the great Anon. & many more.