In addition to the regular performers, we have guests at our performances. Never twice same show! Each show of our run of five this year has its own event on Facebook, if you want to add it to your cyber-diary.
All shows are at 2.15pm (to 3.15 pm) at Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185), entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate.
Sunday 21 August: Kevin Cadwallender
Originally from the north east of England, Edinburgh-based Kevin is now a leading light on the Scottish poetry scene. As well as being Commissioning Editor of Red Squirrel Press Scotland, he is Creative Editor of the recently launched Drey magazine. A veteran of radio broadcasting and bringing poetry to the masses, Kevin is known for his energetic yet droll performance style and his aptitude for imitating Daleks (when his doctor isn't listening) and demons (when his children are).
Monday 22 August: Jim Monaghan
Jim is an Ayrshire man - Cumnock to be precise. His writing mixes local flavour, satirical bite and intoxicating wit, all of which helped him to become runner-up in the 2011 Scottish Poetry Slam Championship. You can see him performing on his YouTube channel.
Tuesday 23 August: Tim Turnbull
Tim Turnbull is used to holding the attention of captivated audiences - literally, since he has worked extensively bringing creativity and literacy to Her Majesty's Prisons, amongst other places. He is a distinguished poet on both page and stage.
Wednesday 24 August: Young Dawkins
Young Dawkins is the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Champion. His debut solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe is What I Know About Women So Far. As the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Champion, he recently represented Scotland at the Slam Poetry World Cup in Paris. A regular on the Edinburgh and Glasgow performance poetry scenes, Young Dawkins was a central figure in the New Hampshire beat poetry revival movement.
Thursday 25 August: Chrys Salt & Sheila Templeton
Chrys Salt is a poet, writer and theatre director, co-editor of Markings Publications, Artistic Director of The Bakehouse, a flourishing arts venue in S W Scotland and of "Bare Boards... and a passion" Theatre Company. She has directed many of the country’s leading actors and performed with the great and the dead including George Melly, Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis, Ivor Cutler, Dannie Abse, Mike Horovitz, Ian McMillan, Stewart Conn and a host of others. She has performed at Festivals across the country, Europe and the USA, in universities, stately homes, pubs, tents, loving rooms and dank basements. She is a member of the poetry performance group The Solway Poets and is published in journals, magazines and anthologies and been broadcast on both Radio 3 and 4. She is currently writing her next collection to be published in 2012.
Sheila Templeton was born in Aberdeen, had a nomadic childhood (ranging from Aberdeenshire to Dar-es-Salaam), studied at Aberdeen University, and was a secondary school teacher in West Lothian and Edinburgh, before turning to writing professionally and moving to Troon (and now Glasgow). She has had poems read on BBC Scotland and regularly gives poetry readings. Though many of her poems are in relatively standard English, she also writes in both Doric and Lowland Scots. And she wins lots of prizes!