Preview: Unbound– Tongue Fu

This article is from 2016

Preview: Unbound: Tongue Fu

Luke Wright / credit: Steve Ullathorne

Late night spoken word superstars at the Book Festival

One of London's best known spoken word nights comes to Edinburgh for an evening of music, storytelling and boisterous improvised performance. Tongue Fu promises an evening of lively and provocative work courtesy of some of the UK's top spoken word stars, including Hollie McNich, Luke Wright, Milly Naylor, Anna Freeman and a few surprise guests.

Created by poet and performer Chris Redmond, Tongue Fu began as an experiment in 2007 when Chris and Riaan Vosloo of Nostalgia 77 brought together a crowd of poets and musicians with the aim of putting on a totally improvised show. What started off as a leap into the unknown soon developed into something truly special, resulting in a regular and popular night at Shoreditch's Rich Mix.

With previous guests including Kate Tempest, Akala and Dizraeli, Tongue Fu successfully taps into the excitement and energy of spoken word, bringing live music and literature together in an electrifying partnership. As part of the free Unbound series, which offers a break from conventional Book Festival events, Tongue Fu is in good company with the likes of Liz Lochhead, Stanley Odd and Neu! Reekie! among others appearing in the late-night strand. So pop into the Spiegeltent, grab a beer and take your seat for an evening of unpredictable and exceptional entertainment.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 20 Aug, 9pm, free.


In Scotland for one night only at the Book Festival, Tongue Fu is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is among the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows. Unbound Tongue Fu will…