Monthly Archives: August 2013



Before trying to sleep in the single bed in his shabby apartment, elderly Joe checks behind windows and doors for monsters — forgetting that there is one from which he can never escape. Eh Joe is Dublin Gate Theatre’s astonishing adaptation of Beckett’s first TV play, featuring a fearsomely gripping performance from Michael Gambon as […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Margaret Atwood & Neil Gaiman

“This is where it ends,” says Neil Gaiman, taking to the stage with Margaret Atwood on the last evening of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As guest selectors, tonight marks the last of their many individual appearances over the course of the festival, covering not only their inimitable bodies of work, but also their influences […]

EVENT – Lion King Exhibition, City Art Centre from 28th September 2013

Explore the inspiration behind Disney’s Musical ‘The Lion King’ at a unique free exhibition in Edinburgh From Saturday 28th September, Edinburgh’s City Art Centre will host Exploring The Lion King – a unique exhibition which reveals the inspiration and evolution behind Disney’s ground-breaking, award-winning musical The Lion King. Incorporating many of the now iconic costumes, masks […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Horror & Weirdness, A Scottish Peculiarity

“Is it because half of the year it’s very dark?” asks Margaret Atwood, wondering what it is about Scotland which seems to draw its writers to the sinister and supernatural. “With nothing but whisky,” replies Ian Rankin, whose own novels may not have strong supernatural elements, but certainly still take a walk on the dark […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Neil Gaiman – Sandman

Neil Gaiman is relieved. After being on tour for several months, the one topic he’s not been asked about so far is Sandman. Tonight of course, that all changes. Fellow graphic novelist Hannah Berry chairs an event where Gaiman’s groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed work is well and truly in the spotlight. When seeing the name of […]



By Veronkia Kallus Arcadia is a multi-layered piece of writing by Tom Stoppard – maybe the most intriguing play of our times by one of the most distinguished playwrights. Published and first performed in 1993, this play combines past and present, poetry and mathematics, and insights to landscape gardening and to academic practises maybe still […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Emilie Autumn


By Veronika Kallus Gorgeous. Beautiful outfits, superb choreography, haunting melodies, all arranged on a stage that could be a pirate ship. Or a wayward asylum, as the lyrics and the storyline suggest. It’s a concert, but it also has a storyline, somehow. A concert like a show, a show like a play, a play like […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Writing Under The Influence

“You’ve just been curated!” So says Margaret Atwood to Granta Best Young British Novelist Naomi Alderman and multi-award winning Valerie Martin, as host of Writing Under The Influence, one of several events she is chairing at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Focusing on topics and influences considered outwith the mainstream, the event proves to […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – A Celebration of Iain Banks

Tonight, everyone in the packed main tent of the Edinburgh International Book Festival felt like a friend of the late Iain Banks — whether they’d met him or not. This was thanks to a moving, poignant but above all hugely enjoyable event, where Brian Taylor chaired Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ken MacLeod — there […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Bryan Talbot & Mary Talbot

As a respected and published academic, Mary Talbot is now — as she puts it — “slumming it” with her husband, legendary British comics creator Bryan Talbot. It’s fortunate then that their first collaboration — The Dotter Of Her Fathers Eyes, a beautiful and literary work which weaves Mary’s memories of her own father with […]