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Our Spoken Word and Literature Recommendations

 

It can be hard to define and categorise many of the spoken word, literature and poetry performances and events at the Fringe; but we’ve tried and here is our coverage.

Spoken word really takes off at the Fringe this year with plenty of poetry, storytelling and a host of talks.



PREVIEW

Walking with Poets on the Royal Mile at This Years’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

Edinburgh Poetry Tours presents Reading the Streets: An Old Town Poetry Tour

Reading the Streets: An Old Town Poetry Tour is a new walking tour for the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, with poet Ken Cockburn reading poems animating the city’s iconic Royal Mile.

The tour takes in world-famous landmarks like Holyrood Palace and the Scottish parliament, as well as hidden squares, closes and gardens. These have been sites of romance and crime, extravagance and poverty, violence and forgiveness. Reading the Streets includes poems and descriptions by residents, tourists and those who visited the city only in imagination, including Burns and Stevenson, Dorothy Wordsworth and Victor Hugo, alongside new poems by Ken himself.

The Edinburgh-based poet combines his work writing, teaching and translating poetry with devising and leading walking tours. He has presented poetry walks in Edinburgh since 2007, and this is his third year on the Edinburgh Fringe. Elsewhere he’s led walks at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, and the botanical gardens in Hamburg. His new collection Floating the Woods was published earlier this year.

He said: “I’ve always enjoyed reading poems, for the charge they pack in a small space. I remember reciting Scots poems at primary school, and being fascinated as a teenager by what Eliot and Yeats could do with language.”

“Later as the Scottish Poetry Library’s Fieldworker, I drove a van full of poetry books around Scotland to all kinds of venues and groups – schools, libraries, prisons, festivals. It was then I realised just how a poem’s impact can vary depending on the reader and the setting.
I worked at the Scottish Poetry Library when it moved to the Canongate near the foot of the Mile. I saw how the area changed, creating a fascinating mix of old and new. Listening to poems we can slow down and appreciate what’s here, what’s gone, and what’s still to come.”

Reading the Streets performance details:

Venue: Walks start and end outside the Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203)
Tickets: £12 (£8) (£36F), 2-for-1, 6–7 Aug; Previews, £9 (£6) (£28)
Previews: 4–5 Aug Dates: 6–27 Aug (not 9–10, 16–17, 23–24).Time: 11.00 (1h 30min)
Box Office: 0131 226 0000, https://tickets.edfringe.comhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scottish-poetry-library-2445034266
For further information please contact
Edinburgh Poetry ToursKen Cockburn 07513 545742edinburghpoetrytours@gmail.com https://edinburghpoetrytours.co.ukFB @edinburghpoetrytoursTwitter @kencockburn

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