Encounters series offers insight into themes running through the Edinburgh International Festival 2012

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This article is from 2012.

Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, director Matthew Lenton, poet Jen Hadfield and many more to speak at EIF Encounters talks

Scots Makar Liz Lochhead will be speaking at the Choosing Myths and Fairytales Encounters event

The Fringe/Book/International Festivals are coming to their various ends, but there's no need to dissolve into a flood of fest regrets: there are still gems to be found, and we can help you locate them.

Encounters is a series of lectures and talks held from Sat 24 Aug-Sat 1 Sep as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Performers, directors, poets and others working in the creative industries will be discussing their shows and associated themes. At £6 a pop, these talks are an affordable and accessible entry into the minds of some of the Festival’s most exceptional artists. Best of all, you can get a 2-for-1 ticket deal by quoting TheList12 when you're buying tickets.

One Encounters highlight is A Very French Connection, which features director Ariane Mnouchkine of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir. She's joined by Dr Mary Breatnach and author Professor Ian Thompson to dicuss Jules Verne’s fascination with Scotland.

If you’re after something more poetry-related, Choosing Myths and Fairytales (Tue 28 Aug) should be just the ticket. Scots Makar Liz Lochhead will be talking about her work and its connections with myth and fairytales from Scottish and European traditions with Robyn Marsack, director of the Scottish Poetry Library. Similar themes are explored in Myth and Enchantment (Sun 26 Aug), which features writer Marina Warner, Wagner specialist Derek Watson and Dmitry Krymov, director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It). Travelling further along the poetry lines, Shetland-inspired poet and artist Jen Hadfield will be discussing the regeneration and renewal of arts in Fresh Voices (Mon 27 Aug).

Matthew Lenton is the director of the EIF production Wonderland, a subversive version of Lewis Carroll’s story which explores the cult of celebrity and its attraction and the invasion of pornography into modern popular culture, amongst other themes. On Fri 31 Aug he’ll be joining Professor Michael Lamb, psychologist and specialist in child development from the University of Cambridge, and Jean Kilbourne, a feminist speaker internationally recognised for her work on the image of women in advertising, to explore depictions of young women in the arts and media.

The Encounters series is a brilliant way to find out more about inspiring creatives and experts in their subjects, and hear them discussing their own work and important political and social themes. Head along to gain some additional insight into some of the best shows at the Edinburgh International Festival, and don't forget to quote List12 to get your 2-for-1 deal.

The Hub, Edinburgh, until Sat 1 Sep.

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This article is from 2012.

Encounters: A Peaceful Place

James MacMillan, composer of Scottish Opera's Clemency, and Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, join Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy, and Chair Eugene Downes of Culture Ireland, to explore ways in which the Olympic Truce can be applied today and how the arts can promote and…

Encounters: A Very French Connection

Ariane Mnouchkine, director of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir, is joined by Michel Le Bris, founder of book and film festival Étonnants Voyageurs, and author Professor Ian Thompson to discuss Jules Verne’s fascination with Scotland. Chaired by Catherine Lockerbie, the panel explores the cultural bonds between Scotland and…

Encounters: Choosing Myths and Fairytales

Scots Makar, poet and playwright Liz Lochhead discusses her work and its connections with myth and fairytales from Scottish and European traditions with Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. In collaboration with British Council Scotland.

Encounters: Fresh Voices

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Jen Hadfield, the English poet and artist, who found inspiration and a new voice when she moved to Shetland five years ago, Scottish teen fiction writer Jamie Jauncey and Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of New York’s Juilliard Dance, discuss regeneration and renewal of the arts. Chaired by Richard Holloway, Chairman of…

Encounters: Myth and Enchantment

Writer Marina Warner, Wagner specialist Derek Watson and Dmitry Krymov, director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), examine the roles of myth, fairytale and enchantment in culture and creativity. Chaired by the Head of Literature for the British Council, Susie Nicklin. In collaboration with British Council…

Encounters: Representations

Matthew Lenton, director of Wonderland, joins Professor Michael Lamb, psychologist and specialist in child development from the University of Cambridge, and Jean Kilbourne, a feminist speaker internationally recognised for her work on the image of women in advertising, to explore depictions of young women in the arts and…

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