Edinburgh International Book Festival launch Jura Unbound programme

A guide to the late-night, live literature delights in store at Jura Unbound


This article is from 2015.

Edinburgh International Book Festival launch Jura Unbound programme

Just because you read books doesn’t mean you go to bed early. As the day’s events at Edinburgh Book Festival wrap up at Charlotte Square Gardens Jura Unbound throws open the canvas to the Spiegeltent to entice you in for a night of live literature, spoken word, music and surprise antics.

Sun 16 Aug: Trading Stories
A night of international short stories with Denmark’s Dorthe Nors (Karate Chop), Ireland’s Mary Costello (The China Factory), USA’s Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans) and David Gates (A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me).

Mon 17 Aug: There Was a Crazy Guy
A blend of story and song from Colin MacIntyre, of Mull Historical Society, with his debut novel The Letters of Ivor Punch; author and musician John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van); and Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years).

Tue 18 Aug: Born to be Wild
An evening of scandalous musical history with journalist Stuart Cosgrove (Detroit 67) and Wyndham Wallace (Lee, Myself and I).

Wed 19 Aug: Head North, My Friend!
Authors Ragnar Jónasson, Jessie Kleemann and Niillas Holmberg present work from Shetland, Finland and Iceland. Hosted by Ryan Van Winkle.

Thu 20 Aug: Squash and Squeeze with the Donaldsons
Children’s author Julia Donaldson performs folk songs with her guitarist husband before the pair initiate an audience game of Squash and a Squeeze. If you have kids you’ll know what to do.

Fri 21 Aug: Bingo, Beats & Bigmouths
Babble On co-producers, BIGMOUTH present an eclectic evening of performance with music from Art Brut, poetry from Jemima Foxtrot and Luke Wright, a game of Ringo: Music Bingo and Eddie Argos with his spoken word show, Formed A Band.

Sat 22 Aug: Fight For Your Right
Literary cabaret HOMEWORK celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta with Ross Sutherland, Molly Naylor and Joe Dunthorne.

Sun 23 Aug: The Skinny Night
The Skinny magazine get their tenth birthday celebrations underway with novelist and former Skinny writer Sean Michaels.

Mon 24 Aug: A Little Slice of Italy
Authors Dan Gunn (The Emperor of Ice Cream) and Italian writer and translator Massimo Bocchiola, who translates Irvine Welsh’s novels, are joined by Italian folk group The Badwills.

Tue 25 Aug: Happily Never After
Spoken word group Illicit Ink present their unique brand of sinister storytelling.

Wed 26 Aug: Vic Galloway and Friends
TV presenter, journalist, musician, radio broadcaster and author (Songs In The Key of Fife) Vic Galloway showcases the Scottish indie scene with a host of debut novelists and musicians.

Thu 27 Aug: Neu! Reekie!
The Edinburgh collective host a fusion of avant-garde spoken word and music.

Fri 28 Aug: Sounds of the City
Writers Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Ryan Gattis (All Involved) and Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies) read their gritty stories set in urban spaces.

Sat 29 Aug: Stripped but not Bound
Graphic novelists William Exley, Andy Poyiadgi and Joe Sparrow lead an interactive night of creativity as part of the festival strand celebrating graphic novels and comics.

Sun 30 Aug: Rally & Broad: The Interpretation Edition
The dynamic duo of Rally & Broad use a variety of cross-disciplines to explore how we interpret words.

Mon 31 Aug: Bang! Bang!
Jura Unbound finishes with a bang. Later start of 10.15pm.

Jura Unbound, Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Sun 16–Mon 31 Aug, 9pm, free.

This article is from 2015.

Jura Unbound

Pitch up, grab a drink from the bar, take a seat and sit back as an entertaining evening of word-play, music, laughs and much more besides unfolds. Expect surprises; don't expect a conventional book event. Highlights include: Colin MacIntyre has long been beguiling us with his music as Mull Historical Society and this…


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