Edinburgh Book Festival's Unbound invites fresh approach from DisComBoBuLate, Irregular and Gutter

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This article is from 2010.

Edinburgh Book Festival's Unbound invites fresh approach from DisComBoBuLate, Irregular and Gutter

Both the Book and Art Festivals are leaving their mark in very different ways Words: Anna Millar

Here at List Towers we love a bit of innovation, and this year’s Book Festival appears to be bringing it in spades. Case in point, the the all-new Unbound. Taking a refreshingly out-of-the-box approach, over 18s are invited to a nightly free programme boasting authors, poets and musicians from Britain and the USA. Events will include appearances from some List favourites including live literature nights from The Golden Hour, DisComBoBuLate and Irregular as well as indie magazines McSweeney’s, Gutter and Five Dials.

Authors singing their songs and singers telling their stories include Christopher Brookmyre, Willy Vlautin and Simone Felice. Roland Gulliver, Edinburgh International Book Festival Programme Manager, said of Unbound: ‘We wanted to challenge ourselves, our authors and audiences; to create something new, exciting and slightly chaotic. To say it is authors reading stories, poets reading poems or musicians singing songs doesn’t describe it. It is gloriously indefinable.’

See www.edbookfest.co.uk for more on Unbound.

This article is from 2010.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The world’s largest public celebration of the written word takes place in the first UNESCO City of Literature in the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens. As well as leading Scottish and international authors, the varied programme always manages to cover poets, politicians, historians, journalists and children's authors…

Unbound: A Night in the Gutter: McSex

Contributors to new Scottish literary magazine Gutter discuss whether or not a tradition of Scottish erotic writing exists. Confirmed authors include Michel Faber, Ewan Morrison, Allan Radcliffe, Helen Sedgwick, Anneliese Mackintosh and Zoe Strachan. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Christopher Brookmyre: The Songs Behind the Stories and the Stories Behind the Songs

Novelist and funnyman Brookmyre brings partner in crime Billy Franks with him to storm the Highland Park Spiegeltent with a raucous, hilarious mix of words and music. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Closing Night - Bands & Books

The final event of Unbound Festival maintains the spirit of cross-genre exploration, bringing together authors and musicians for a chance to enjoy the deep links between ideas written, spoken and sung out loud. The line-up for this extraordinary evening includes Alan Bissett, Adrian Crowley and author Rodge Glass' band…

Unbound: DiScOmBoBuLaTe

A special festival showing of Glasgow literary/music/comedy night DiScOmBoBuLaTe, with hosts Alan Bissett and Ian Macpherson and guests including poet Magi Gibson and comedians Arnold Brown and Simon Munnery. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Dragon's Pen

City of Literature has organised a 'pitch your novel' event for budding writers from seven of Scotland's creative writing schools, with all the entertainment, suspense and emotion of TV's Dragon's Den. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Five Dials

The launch party for the latest edition of free London online literary mag Five Dials, which can be downloaded in pdf form at www.fivedials.com/fivedials. Special guests are promised. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Irregular

Festival edition of Canongate's literary club night, including appearances from Dan Rhodes, Emily Mackie and John Wray under the watchful eye of compere Dave Peron. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: It Doesn't Have to Rhyme

Unbound's poetry night offers you a mix of debut poets and more established names, including Lorraine Mariner and Frank Kuppner. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Louise Stern

Deaf author Louise Stern leads an unconventional evening of storytelling, audience interaction and readings from her intriguing new collection, Chattering: Stories. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: McSweeneys

Eli Horowitz takes the Unbound audience through the history of the pioneering literary magazine, exploring the tales, faces, designs and adventures that make up the world view of Timothy McSweeney. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Simone Felice

Singer, songwriter, poet, novelist - is there anything this man doesn't do? Expect a thought-provoking, moving, celebratory and diverse night's entertainment. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: The Golden Hour

Admirably led by organiser and host, the inimitable Ryan van Winkle, the Golden Hour brings its tried-and-tested formula of three musical and three spoken word acts to the festival. The writers are staying secret, but the bands are reason enough to turn up early in themselves: Withered Hand, Black Diamond Express and Jed…

Unbound: The Year of Open Doors: New Writing

An evening of stories from Cargo Publishing's new collection of young Scottish writing, featuring tales from Allan Wilson, Sophie Cooke, Helen Lynch, Anneliese Mackintosh and many more. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Willy Vlautin

The lead singer of Richmond Fontaine and published author takes this late-night event as opportunity to blend his two crafts: with an evening of storytelling and music. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Words with AL Kennedy

Acclaimed novelist AL Kennedy shows off her skills in the field of stand-up comedy, using her linguistic dexterity to heighten the effect of her humorous musings. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

Unbound: Writers' Bloc

The Edinburgh 'spoken word performance collective' showcase their daring feats of literary exploration into the land of the fantastical. UNBOUND: A FREE EVENING OF STORIES, MUSIC AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENT

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