Monthly Archives: August 2011


Sitting in a line in front of Nick Wheatley’s colourful painted backdrop, the authors and actors preparing to read through Alasdair Gray’s Fleck shuffle their scripts and look at their feet nervously, like school kids preparing to perform the end-of-term play. Their tension is understandable however: this sell-out event bringing 2011’s Edinburgh International Book Festival […]

EVENT – It’s Good 2 Give Autumn 2011 events

One of our chosen charities to support is It’s Good 2 Give run by the amazing Lynne McNicoll. There’s some amazing Autumn (and beyond) events coming up that are always lots of fun as well as raising lots of money for the charity. Starting off with some literary events: Afternoon tea with Lin Anderson On […]


In much the same way as he turns his back on his starting point on one of his infamous ‘psychogeographic’ walks, Will Self revealed that his latest novel will leave behind the worlds of metaphor and simile, instead focusing on describing things exactly as they are. Though, with his inimitable turn of phrase and his […]


With his tales of childhood mischief, Eoin Colfer entertained a packed audience of youngsters and parents with an hour that was more a light-hearted comedy stand-up routine than a normal Book Festival session. One of a large Irish family, Colfer revealed that his brother Donal was the inspiration for teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl, his […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Winners Wear Crowns, Leith on the Fringe


Jennifer McGregor’s Winners Wear Crowns is an intriguing character study that presents all the horror of that well-known stereotype, the pushy mother obsessed with her daughter’s success within the mother’s desired field. This production presents what looks like an American cliché – about success at beauty pageants – but what stands out is the subtlety […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Cherry Orchard


Although theatre/drama is not particularly this reviewer’s cup of tea, it is clear that Theatre Alba actors’ performance abilities, Jo Clifford’s interpretation of Chekov’s play and the clever outdoor setting is 4-star worthy. The play is performed in Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens. Initially, the prospect of sitting outdoors for a 2 hour 30 minute play […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Hill Street Theatre


Palindrome Theatre’s production starts with a newly-created soliloquy that floods past with only a few well-worded phrases coming through clearly. It is a confusing beginning, but the staging hints at fine things to come: grand storm sounds, clever use of props, such as a torch for on-stage lighting effects, and set – chairs and tables, and […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Jimeoin: Lovely


You would never have guessed that the Fringe was coming to a close, as tonight’s performance from Jimeoin seemed fresh and inspired. Playing to a packed room in the Spiegeltent, Jimeoin delivered a creative set, as his show, Lovely, had the audience comparing their own experiences against his interpretation of day-to-day, mundane events. Jimeoin’s unique […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Best of the Fest @Assembly


Ordinarily, when you go to see a show at the Fringe, the spotlight is on one person. Best of the Fest at Assembly, goes one step further by showcasing a range of the comedians from across the festival. Each comedian has roughly 15 minutes to dazzle with an excerpt from their own show, whilst you […]