Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

Ding Ding! Round two. In ten days time, I’ll be getting a train to one of the world’s greatest literature festivals – Edinburgh International Book Festival – as we prepare for the festival’s very own spoken word programme BABBLE ON. Babble On poet, co-programmer & co-producer Luke Wright is up there already performing 2 shows  – the magnificent What I Learned From Johnny Bevan & Stay At Home Dandy – & will hop over from the fringe for these events.

For the second year, Edinburgh Book Festival’s Associate Director, the legendary Roland Gulliver, has allowed us to work with him to whip up a word storm about the festival, bringing together more than 30 poets to flex their vocal cords & showcase spoken word in all its glorious forms.

Last year we had a number of (at times, literally) show-stopping events including Protest!, Undisciplined and Pagematch: the battle for Scotland with poets in a boxing ring. The festival was a hive of talented poets & artists who rose to the challenge & made the magic happen. But this year, what of Babble On 2015?

You can expect laughter (Comic Verse), danger (Voices in the Dark), musical puns & bingo glam (Bingo, Beats & Bigmouths), history in the making (Homework: On Liberty, 800 years of Magna Carta), raising of the dead (Prolong The Talk: Reimagining Philip Larkin 1985-2015), urban vs. rural (Bus Stops, Cul De Sacs & Rutted Tracks), rule breakers (Jonathan Edwards & Ryan Van Winkle) lo-fi punk rock (Art Brut set with spoken word) & performances from some of the biggest names in poetry & spoken word including Kate Tempest, George The Poet, Luke Wright, Elvis McGonagall, Kate Fox and many many more.

Illustrating a disregard of divisions between poetry, spoken word, music & performance, we hope that you love this year’s programme & come to some (or all) of these events – which are just a fraction of what Edinburgh Book Festival has to offer this year. You can buy tickets by clicking the links below & don’t forget the two FREE Jura Unbound events on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August 2015, 9-11pm in The Speigeltent:

Kate Tempest in conversation with Don Paterson
Tuesday 18 August 8:15pm – 9:15pm
Kate Tempest performs from ‘Hold Your Own’ – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 19 August 8:15pm – 9:15pm
George The Poet: Meet the People’s Poet
Friday 21 August 8:15pm – 9:15pm
Jonathan Edwards & Ryan Van Winkle: Poets Who Break the Rules
Friday 21 August 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Jura Unbound: Bingo, Beats & Bigmouths
with Art Brut, Luke Wright, Jemima Foxtrot and Ringo Music Bingo

Friday 21 August, 9pm-11pm
Bus Stops, Cul-de-sacs and Rutted Tracks: from Urban to Rural in Spoken Word
with Will Burns, Deanna Rodger, Mike Garry & Luke Wright 

Saturday 22 August 10:30am – 11:30am
Prolong the Talk: Reimagining Philip Larkin 1985-2015 with Sam Riviere, Jenny Lindsay, Tim Cockburn, Clare Pollard, Helen Mort & AF Harrold
Saturday 22 August 2:15pm – 3:15pm
The Building Blocks of Poetry & Spoken Word – SOLD OUT with Mike Garry & Emma Jones  
Saturday 22 August 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Comic Verse: Four of the Best in Spoken Word
with Kate Fox, Rob Auton, John Osborne & Elvis McGonagall

Saturday 22 August 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Voices in the Dark: Spoken Word Distillery
with Andrew McMillan, Janette Ayachi, Catherine Smith & Emma Jones
Saturday 22 August 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Jura Unbound: Homework: On Liberty with Ross Sutherland, Molly Naylor, Katie Bonna, Joe Dunthorne, Tim Clare, John Osborne & Luke Wright
Saturday 22 August, 9pm-11pm

And if you’re coming to Prolong The Talk: Reimagining Philip Larkin 1985-2015 you’ll hear this music as you come in, composed especially for the event.  Click below to hear three tracks of Philip Larkin reading his work, set over the jazz he loved, including Sidney Bechet. Enjoy!