and who, indeed that has once seen Edinburgh, with its couchant crag-lion, but must see it again in dreams, waking or sleeping?

Charlotte Bronte



Inky Fingers MiniFest 2011 - Free!

8th - 13th August 2011

Edinburgh-based literary organisers Inky Fingers have added yet another exciting Literary festival to the August Calendar with their new free literary minifestival, taking place at the Forest Cafe.

Featuring local publishers, international slam winners, and a huge variety of events from pop-up performances to relaxed readings, the Minifest is championing the growth of an August literary fringe.

Highlights include shows from award-winning international performance poets Sergio Garau, Daan Doeesborgh and Pete the Temp, high-energy events from Edinburgh’s Cargo Publishing and top poetry press Salt, and a whole host of local talent.

Inky Fingers is a collective of volunteers organising writing and performance events in Edinburgh. Established in October 2010, its open mics, writers groups and special cabarets have gained huge popularity as regular features on the Edinburgh scene.


Programme

 

All Week

Front Room: Poetry and Images from Japan
An exhibition by Jenfi Yau of photographs of the Japan earthquake and poetry inspired by them.

The Cave (downstairs): I Am Not A Poet Screen Room
Showing from 12 – 7 each day, screenings of extraordinary films from the I Am Not A Poet festival.

 

 

Monday 8th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Andrew Blair & James Anderson are performing a short story about a monster, with a history professor, a slideshow, and live (and recently deceased) interviewees. Andrew Blair is a writer and attention whore. James Anderson is a stand up comedian. Together, they are needy and craving adulation. Judge them as they attempt to earn yours through the medium of talking at you until you cave in and love them.

Mairi Campbell-Jack is a poet and founder member of the reviled Rejection Club.  It’s all ok though, I’ve only been writing seriously for three years, and Philip Larkin once took fifteen to finish just one poem. Her debut pamphlet is coming out soon from Red Squirrel Press.

3.00 – 4.30: I Am Not A Poet – Film Screenings
Inky Fingers is joining forces with this festival of text and the visual arts to bring you highlights from the IANAP screen room (see above).

7.00 – 10.00: Tickle’s Mixed Doubles Slam
Eight performance poets, one umpire, a lot of white clothes, and strawberries and cream. An exhibition slam of epic proportions, and the opening night of the Minifest. Not to be missed!

 

Tuesday 9th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Michael Egan was described by One Magazine as ‘the hottest slam poet to hit the scene’. A Glasgow native, Michael has been performing for a number of years in his home city. For the past two years this has been under the alias Johnny F. Burble. A film maker, illustrator and acapella rapper, he has recently complied an album of raps and poems telling the story of Mr. Burble and his Psy-Clones.
 

Tracey S. Rosenberg is a poet and novelist from Chicago, now living in Edinburgh. Her novel The Girl in the Bunker is published by Cargo Publishing, and was launched this year. She was awarded a 2010-2011 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. I plan to spend my next birthday on Easter Island.

 

 

3.00 – 4.30: Duality Showcase
A Duality showcase featuring short stories from Duality 1 to Duality 4, read by authors including Gill Hoffs, Jamie McIntyre and editor Alec Beattie, as well as some guest readers. Will also feature illustrations from all four books as a slideshow.

7.00 – 8.30: Pete the Temp vs Climate Change
Pete the Temp is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator! Watch him solve the climate change using only his mouth! The show takes a satirical look at climate change and our attempts to tackle it in an effort to capture hearts and minds on this most crucial of issues. It employs satire, physical theatre, audience interaction, character acting and stand-up comedy, supported by music and projected images to create a carefully orchestrated and themed multi-media theatrical experience.

Pete the Temp is the current Hammer & Tongue National Slam Champion and BBC Radio 4 South of England Slam Winner. Since 2008 he has shared a stage with Bill Bailey, Mark Thomas, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, John Hegley, Elvis McGonnagal and Howard Marx.  He has appeared at over 17 festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury, Shambala, Secret Garden Party, The Oxford Literary Festival and the Brighton Poetry Festival and at theatres including The Arnolfini Centre, The Birmingham Conservatoire and the Soho Theatre.

8.30 – 10.00: Inky Fingers Open Mic, featuring Zorras
The Inky Fingers Open Mic is our flagship event: a big, open-hearted celebration of words and performance, open to anyone! Slots are currently still available, so email inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com to snap one up!

Zorras are a multimedia trio performing poetry-music-video-weirdness with megaphones. “(Zorras) do a great job of injecting humor into their poetry and are the first spoken-word group to have actually captured my interest. Also, I was intrigued by their song about someone stealing avocados by shoving them down her pants.” – Mia Jones, AfterEllen.com, LA/New York, March 2011

All Day: FlashFictionMob
Pop-up performances across the city from 11am to 9pm, featuring a wild array of storytellers, poets and other misfits. Follow @InkyFingersEdin on Twitter to find each performance!

 

Wednesday 10th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Sophia Walker is on Youtube.

Alec Beattie is the editor of Duality The Book, an independent Edinburgh-based publisher. As well as being one of the Inky Fingers crew he’s also a published writer and poet but has recently stumbled into performance poetry. His performance work has been described – by other, real, people – as ‘darkly poignant’ and ‘black, arch, hilarious narratives’.”

3.00 – 4.30: The Tiara Gynaelogues
What happens to fairy tale princesses when their story ends? They all end up in the gynaecologist’s office, of course!  Six princesses, one waiting room; the scene is set as they each divulge the trials and tribulations of life after the happily ever…er…after. Featuring stories of a vegetable fetish gone awry, the Eternal One-Night Stand, Coma Beauty (knocked up whilst knocked out) and much more…

The TG crew is a group of students from M.Sc. Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, in a first-time writing/acting/producing collaboration. A series of monologues that somehow gave birth to a play, The Tiara Gynaelogues is a result of democratic compromise, tea-drinking and quite a few arguments about the ending.

7.00 – 8.30: Lovers’ Walk – A Poetic Journey in Eight Scenes
Aroha, acquaintance, romance, affection, devotion, liaison – the show is about love in all its forms. “Lovers Walk will reshape shapes and brighten colours in your love-kaleidoscope while telling you a story thatyou know so well, as it was your own.”

Created and choreographed by dancer Siri Embla and poet Gus Simonovic, with video material by visual artist Peter Brierley-Millman and music by Jo Blankenburg (piano), Gareth Priceless (guitar), Dubtext (all things electronica) and Kotaro Nishishita (classical guitar).

“We are bringing our best clubs and shiniest diamonds, bring your honest spades and warm hearts and let’s play this game, lets talk

8.30 – 10.00: The Howling Trinity
The Howling Trinity is an unholy astonishing performance with voices, videos and music by 3 internationally renowned spoken word artists: the God, the Dead (Sergio Garau & Daan Doesborgh) and the Other Pretty Vacant (Ana Reis).

Born in Sardinia, Italy, Sergio Garau‘s multilingual pieces challenge preconceptions of what spoken word can be and leave audiences wondering what just happened. Sergio has performed across Europe, won slams in several countries, representing Italy in the first slam world cup in Paris 2007 and shared the stage with the likes of Henry Bowers, Kat Francois, and Saul Williams. Daan Doesborgh started performing in 2005 at a local open mic, and hasn’t stepped off the stage since. With highlights including lectures at the universities of Warwick, Amsterdam and Turin, as well as numerous performances all over the Netherlands and gigs in Poland, Germany and Belgium, winning the 2010 Dutch national championships crowned Daan’s curriculum to date. He published a book of poetry in 2010 called De Venus Suikerspin (The Venus Cotton Candy). avvva re1s is a wr1ter, reader and wor(l)d student. vocal poetry performer s1nce 2009.

 

Thursday 11th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Lynsey May lives, loves and writes in Edinburgh, happily surrounded by cafes, bookshops and the mix of Scottish sweetness and inherent bleakness she’s always trying to commit to page. Some of these captives can be found in anthologies and journals such as New Writing Scotland, The Stinging Fly and Various Authors.

Matt Macdonald divides his time between writing lyric poetry, attempting to make films and becoming a real life superhero.  He blogs occasionally at lastmanstanza-ing.blogspot.com.

3.00 – 4.30: I Am Not A Poet – Film Screenings
Inky Fingers is joining forces with this festival of text and the visual arts to bring you highlights from the IANAP screen room (see above).

7.00 – 8.30: The Tiara Gynaelogues
What happens to fairy tale princesses when their story ends? They all end up in the gynaecologist’s office, of course!  Six princesses, one waiting room; the scene is set as they each divulge the trials and tribulations of life after the happily ever…er…after. Featuring stories of a vegetable fetish gone awry, the Eternal One-Night Stand, Coma Beauty (knocked up whilst knocked out) and much more…

The TG crew is a group of students from M.Sc. Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, in a first-time writing/acting/producing collaboration. A series of monologues that somehow gave birth to a play, The Tiara Gynaelogues is a result of democratic compromise, tea-drinking and quite a few arguments about the ending.

8.30 – 10.00: Inky Fingers Open Mic, feat. Harry Baker
The Inky Fingers Open Mic is our flagship event: a big, open-hearted celebration of words and performance, open to anyone! Slots are currently still available, so email inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com to snap one up!

Edinburgh Fringe festival 2010 slam champion, European Slam Champion 2011, Harry Baker is still a fresh face on the poetry scene but in the last 3 months alone has been asked to perform in Chicago, New York, Hamburg, Belfast and now Edinburgh, and his crazy poetry gap year adventures continue with prime numbers, bumblebees, sunshine and dinosaurs, all in the quest to become a man.

All day: They Shoot Writers, Don’t They?
An all-day writing and performance marathon, with prizes. E-mail inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com to take part.

 

Friday 12th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Graham Eccles was, up until recently, the official poet to the King of Piel Island, Cumbria. He is a performance poet, balloon sculptor, penny farthing and unicyle rider, modest juggler and general crackpot. His poetry style ranges anywhere from the short and sweet to the long and rambling, depending on his mood.3.00 – 4.30: Arguments and Nosebleeds

Glasgow performance poets hit the capital. Battered and bruised from last year’s Fringe success, the tag team – Robin Cairns, Jane Overton and Chris Young – returns for a second bout of verbal footwork and punching both sides of the belt.

A craic squad of performance poets tackles life’s major issues pausing only for laughter and medical emergencies. They expect to haemorrhage humour of all descriptions, from the sanguine and the phlegmatic to occasional melancholy and bile.

7.00 – 10.00: A Knife Fight in a Telephone Box
Three poets from Salt Publishing — one of the UK’s most dynamic presses — pit their wits against three sassy poets from other publishers in a bizarre poetry competition.

Featuring Andrew Phillip, Rob A Mackenzie, Alexander Hutchinson, Helen Ivory, Helena Nelson, and Martin Figura.

 


Saturday 13th

12.30 – 1.30: Lunchtime Readings
Relaxed sets from local and international writers. They go well with tea and cake.

Rebecca Grieg likes words. A lot. As a playwright she has had her work performed at Theatre503, Theatre Royal Haymarket and had a reading at the Royal Court theatre. She has performed her poetry at The Poetry Café and Keats House as well as live slots on Xstream East London Radio and 209radio stations with a video installation of her performance poetry at Raven Row Gallery.

David Manderson is a writer whose first novel Lost Bodies has just been published by Kennedy and Boyd. It’s a gripping, enthralling, page-turning psychological thriller that delivers much more than the average crime novel. Formerly a roadie for the electric folk band The Tannahill Weavers, he’s gone on to publish in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.

3.00 – 4.30: The Search for the Hooded Fox
Dr Elizabeth Thacker presents the findings of her scientifc (yet poetic) journey is search of this elusive mammal. Presentation and film. Bring cameras and hooded sweaters, please.

7.00 – 10.00: A Night With Cargo
Music and words from innovative Scottish publisher Cargo.


 

(c) Sergio Garau image by Very Quiet (pseudonym)