Reviews & features: David Pollock

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FAILE & Båst: Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

1 Sep 20144 stars

Brooklyn based artists create luminous video games arcade for the Edinburgh Art Festival

Hidden deep in the bowels of Summerhall, the building’s clinically austere atmosphere gives way to a riot of colour and sound as Faile and Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade explodes against the senses. Those of a certain generation might remember the ambience…

India Street

27 Aug 20144 stars

Stunning contemporary textiles by Scottish and Indian artists at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Another of the numerous art events happening this summer which tie into the theme of the Commonwealth and its history, this contemporary textiles exhibition at Edinburgh’s Gayfield Creative Spaces offers an insight into the shared industrial history of…

The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet

18 Aug 20143 stars

Toilet-obsessed public information kids' show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Parents of kids who've hit potty training age will be aware there's unlimited capacity in their wee brains for repeating the word 'poo'. The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory has turned this compulsion into a gold-mine with their short set of variations on a…

Walking Dead comic artist Charlie Adlard set for 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival events

17 Aug 2014

Artist also appears with Robbie Morrison to discuss WWI graphic novel White Death

Born in Shrewsbury in 1966, comic artist Charlie Adlard first arrived on the UK scene with work for 2000AD’s enduring monthly anthology spin-off the Judge Dredd Megazine, and has continued to work for publishers Rebellion on series in both publications…

Dystopian graphic novel IDP 2043 events set for 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival

15 Aug 2014

Collaborative work featuring contributions from Irvine Welsh, Denise Mina and Pat Mills

Charlotte Square went mad for comics last year – so much so, they’ve collaborated with Freight Books on a new graphic novel. David Pollock finds out more.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: a guide to the best in-venue eating

15 Aug 2014

Have a full-on foodie's festival with the help of Smoak, Valvona & Crolla, Nusou, Whydo and more

It’s not entirely true to say you can judge a Fringe venue by the quality of its food offerings, but many of the more culinarily discerning of those audience members in attendance will certainly form an opinion. You’ll certainly get an idea of what a…

Profile: Mike Carey set for two appearances at 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival

15 Aug 2014

Comic writer to discuss recent novels The Unwritten and The Girl With All the Gifts

Liverpool-born, Oxford-educated Mike Carey was a teacher for fifteen years before he broke into comics, but since then his workrate has been prolific across a wide range of titles, from underground, creator-owned efforts to some of the ‘Big Two’s…

Augustin Rebetez: Heart (Meteorite)

15 Aug 20143 stars

An enigmatic mixed-media installation from Swiss artist Augustin Rebetez

If this is hell, it’s a very playful corner of it. Somewhere deep in the bowels of Summerhall, Swiss artist Augustin Rebetez has taken over a room and transformed it with a multi-media exhibition which unnerves as much as it entrances. A wooden frame…

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 interview: Kevin Eldon

14 Aug 2014

The comedian, actor and writer discusses his biography of eerily similar poet Paul Hamilton

‘It's all a bit subjective isn't it, poetry?’ asks Kevin Eldon, comedian and well-known face around cult television comedy shows like Big Train and Brass Eye. ‘Well, everything is really. Subjective. Even that opinion.’ He’s discussing the poetry of his…

Legendary New York spoken word night The Moth coming to Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014

14 Aug 2014

The live true storytelling event will feature Omid Djalili, Andrew Solomon and Lynn Ferguson

A literary phenomenon in its New York home for many years now, The Moth’s fame is extending rapidly overseas, partly through the open mic StorySLAMs in approaching 20 international cities that it uses to gather stories. Making its second ever appearance…

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Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas tackles out-of-view topics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14 Aug 2014

The programme of talks and debates cover GM food, women in science and sex-selective abortions

Between this and the early-afternoon Scottish Independence talk show All Back to Bowie’s, the Stand in the Square is doing a good job of cornering the festival’s debating heart this year. Self-described as ‘debate, discussion and discourse in the…

The Festival of Politics 2014 gives people a chance to ask ‘What Next for Scotland?’

14 Aug 2014

The three-day programme of talks and events aims to cover both sides of the Referendum debate

'A festival that places people at the centre of politics,’ is how the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP describes this year’s Festival of Politics, in which case it’s fitting that it will boldly reflect the event which people…

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 interview: Lynne Segal on ageing and feminism

14 Aug 2014

‘It’s women who are aged faster by culture and discarded sooner as undesirable'

’I don’t feel old,’ was the most common response author, academic and long-time socialist-feminist Lynne Segal would receive when researching her new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing. She describes this as ‘temporal vertigo’, noting…

The Tale of the Dastardly Defrost

13 Aug 20143 stars

Food-themed Edinburgh Fringe children's show that's a light piece of fun

A light piece of fun based on a cutely compelling idea, this show from As Told By Productions and writer Holly McKinlay gives personality to the contents of a fridge – then sets the environment to defrost and waits to see what happens. Most of the…

Talks around 'Culture and Conflict' highlight the WWI focus of Edinburgh International Festival 2014

10 Aug 2014

Topics include women's roles in wartime, soft power, pacifism and anti-war activism

It may have come in for some knocks last year when it was announced that 2014’s Edinburgh International Festival wouldn’t be touching upon certain timely political subjects, but in the ancillary programme which accompanies the high-end performance…

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Dalziel + Scullion: Tumadh | Immersion

9 Aug 20144 stars

Experimental textiles encourage engagement with the natural world at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Within the relatively sterile dimensions of Dovecot Studios, there is a sense of the exterior, of wind in faces and rain in hair. The figures in the centre of the room are properly dressed for the kind of imagined inclement weather we might associate…

The Factory

9 Aug 20143 stars

Fun musical theatre piece with an edge of social consciousness, staged at the Edinburgh Fringe

Presented here as part of the NZ at Edinburgh showcase season, this fun musical theatre piece hits the right note both in terms of its light-hearted musical tone and its packaging of a slice of New Zealand's social history, which is doubtless largely…

Calum Colvin: The Magic Box

9 Aug 20143 stars

Mythical landscapes constructed from sculpture, painting & photography at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Each piece by Calum Colvin is a treasure chest, a feast of detail, reference and delicate composition which invites the viewer to figure out precisely how he did it. Somewhere between sculpture, photography and painting (many of his works are…

Pitschi, a Kitten with Dreams

9 Aug 20143 stars

One-woman adaptation of Hans Fischer's classic for small children at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Based on the Swiss children’s story by Hans Fischer, this new solo production from the Brighton-based Komedia offers a simple and gently-realised experience for younger children in the mainly pre-school age group. It tells of Pitschi, the smallest of…

The best nocturnal activities during the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

7 Aug 2014

Try something alternative like ceilidh dancing or a cabaret club night

One of the best things about Edinburgh in August has to be the wealth of indulgent after-hours fun to be found in the most unexpected of places. David Pollock picks a few highlights for those seeking a lighthearted alternative to the usual late-night…

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Highlights of Edinburgh Book Fringe 2014

7 Aug 2014

Guests including Alan McCombes ensure radical bookshop’s festival is antithesis to Charlotte Square

Now in its fifth year, Word Power ’s Edinburgh Book Fringe seeks to continue harnessing some of that counter-cultural spirit which first earned the Edinburgh Fringe its reputation. Elaine Hunter, Book Fringe founder and proprietor of the Word Power…

Pirate Gran

7 Aug 20144 stars

Swashbuckling adaptation of Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall’s book at the Edinburgh Fringe

Nothing spells success like putting either a dinosaur or a pirate in your Fringe kid's show, and while this doesn’t have the latter it does boast Nippy, the finest life-sized puppet crocodile in all of Edinburgh. It also happens to be produced by…

Syria Speaks: an evening of resistance and celebration at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

6 Aug 2014

Syrian voices at Jura Unbound including Samar Yazbek, with music from the Raast Collection

‘Uprising literature’ is the term being used to encompass works which have followed on from the revolt and subsequent civil war in Syria, and this special late-night event will showcase many of its exponents, all of whom are featured in Saqi Books…

Club Spiegel: aiming to bring the best party bands to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Aug 2014

Melbourne’s Shuffle Club, The Loveboat Big Band and Shooglenifty are among acts confirmed

’Always live and always unexpected’ is how Spiegelmaestro David Bates describes Club Spiegel, the late-night offshoot of that most legendary of Fringe venues, the Famous Spiegeltent. Built in 1928 in Flanders, Belgium, the antique mirrored tent will…

Craig Coulthard: The Drummer and the Drone

5 Aug 20143 stars

An imaginative military film set in Scotland’s future, screening at the Edinburgh Art Festival

Under the darkened, vaulting ceiling of Trinity Apse, a few yards from the tartan-infested Royal Mile, the strain of bagpipes rings out. The sound echoes that of gift shop muzak and Highland dress buskers all the way up to the Esplanade, but the tone is…