Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Night-time strand of off-the-page experimentation featuring Sarah Hall and Jenni Fagan


This article is from 2012.

Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

This year's Unbound will feature Jenni Hagan amongst others

As wonderful as the Edinburgh International Book Festival is – and believe us, it is wonderful – the leafy confines of Charlotte Square Gardens, the village fete-style white tents and the hordes of latte-sipping Guardianistas can sometimes make the whole shebang feel a bit, well, safe. Thank goodness then for the Unbound strand – a more rambunctious younger sibling to the Fest, curated each night by some of the finest avant garde literary organisations from Scotland and beyond. Each event takes a unique theme: the ‘Magic Words’ night combines spoken word and stage magic from members of Writer’s Bloc and Illicit Ink; ‘The Fable of the Hungry Icelander’ features appearances from Scandic poet/musician/author Sjon and fellow writers Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir; and Glasgow’s own Words Per Minute hosts a night of ‘Big Time Sensuality’, with Sarah Hall, Jenni Fagan and Alan Bissett, as well as folk-rock duo Two Wings.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 12–27 Aug, 9pm, free.

Unbound: Stories, Music And Literary High Jinks

A literary experience like no other. Anything goes: storytelling, music, performance, poetry, stand-up – it’s a raw, surprising, sometimes emotional ride. Come with an open mind! Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival


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