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Big Ups! June and Beyond

Big Ups!

Cassandra Passarelli’s story The Black Christ of Esquipulas is now online with the quarterly literary magazine Adirondack Review – an older story of Cassandra’s told in three voices – ‘very chipin‘.

Our Broken Voice is a new Subtlemob event for Edinburgh Film Festival by artist Duncan Speakman – It’s like walking through a film/Experienced on headphones/Played out by you. Intrigued? Click da link to find out how it works.

Kirsten Irving‘s pamphlet What To Do is out from the Happenstance Press: full of characters in trouble and refusing resolution, this is ‘something else’. Partake in a sample poem here.


– Thursday 16 June – 6pm – Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Valve is a fresh, edgy and vivid new literary journal compiled by Strathclyde University’s Creative Writing students, anticipated by acclaimed Scottish novelists such as Alan Bissett and Louise Welsh, who will be speaking at its launch along with a selection of extracts from its contributors. Get along to celebrate some of Scotland’s bright new literary talent.

–Thursday 16 June – 6-8pm – Word of Mouth Cafe, Albert Street

Zorras: A poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. With megaphones, breakdancing youth and an arts discussion. Free!

– Saturday 18 June – 7-10pm – Canongate Kirkyard

Inky Fingers presents A Midsummer Night’s Scream – a night of words to make you howl in terror and pleasure! Bring wine, and your favourite ghost story, and wear black.

– Wednesday 22 June – 8pm – The Forest (free, free, byobee)

The Golden Hour cometh once more. Performing this month:

Tracey Emerson – the short-story doctor is in!

Richie McCaffrey – young poems with a familial lustre.

Gavin Bowd – widely published founder of the StAnza poetry fest.

BenOfficial – electro art performance for which you are woefully unprepared.

Doug Johnstone – acoustic and solo and acoustic and alone.

Jade and the Jacks – pure and relentless funky fun. You will hot up.


– Tuesday 28th June – 8-11pm – The Forest

Inky Fingers welcomes Jane McKie, Alan Bissett and you for its big monthly, free, anything-goes open mic night. Email to sign up for a spot.

– Thursday 18th August – 9pm – Free

The Golden Hour returns to Unbound’s infamous  Spiegltent with a killer line-up of rakish words and eclectic music all in a beautiful space. This year’s epic features Joe Dunthorne, Kelly Link and William Letford and music from Billy Liar, Mikel Krumins amd Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves. Rest up. More to come.


– In August, Inky Fingers will be running a week-long spoken-word minifest at the Forest. Writers, performers, poets, storytellers, spoken word artistes, linguistic experimenters and everyone who cares about putting words in a beautiful order – programming spaces are still available. Full details of how to apply here.

– Also in August, the City of Literature Trust is looking for new and emerging local writers to read their work as part of Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. For more information and application stuff, look here – the deadline is June 27th.


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