Festival Briefing 2010

  • The List
  • 30 July 2010

This article is from 2010

The Festival Briefing

Craig Ogden has been signed to Classic FM

Some things we think might help you at this year's festivals

Here's a short briefing about some things to look forward to during the Book Festival, the Fringe, in Music events, and Shopping opportunities in Edinburgh

BOOK The Book Festival continues to show its mettle with four of the six poets shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection all making this year’s programme. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has already sold out but tickets for Robin Robertson, Jo Shapcott and Sinéad Morrissey are still available. Ruth Padel, who chairs the judging panel for The Forward Prize, will also appear at the festival in conversation with Lyndall Gordon exploring the tensions within Emily Dickinson’s family.

FRINGE It’s all getting a bit techie-tastic down Fringe way with the launch of a free iPhone application to help thousands of festival-goers to navigate their way through the Fringe during August. Visitors should be able to browse shows, plot their routes on the go and share their festival diaries with friends. Users can also check to see which shows are being offered at the Fringe’s famous Half Price Hut and search listings. See www.edfringe.com for more.

MUSIC In music news, Fringe performer Craig Ogden has just been signed to Classic FM after they were inundated with praise for his talents by listeners. Ogden has previously worked with his mentor and fellow Australian, John Williams. Catch him at this year’s Fringe on Tue 24 & Wed 25 Aug at St Andrew’s and St George’s Church.

SHOP Those in search of a spot of retail therapy between shows should head to Che Camille on Sun 8 Aug at 8pm for a fashion show and DJ set from Discopia’s Ally, as well as a live performance from The Niallist. See www.checamille.com for more.