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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Friendship

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Future

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Literature, Music, Online pre-recorded

Figures of Speech: Music (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of May’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

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Figures of Speech: Friendship

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Future

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Literature, Music, Online pre-recorded

Figures of Speech: Music (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of May’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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