Happiness Research Institute’s Meik Wiking Talks Social Media, Hygge and Mindfulness

Happiness Research Institute’s Meik Wiking Talks Social Media, Hygge and Mindfulness

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge. The Danish word hygge is difficult to translate, but it loosely means comfort, warmth and togetherness... 

Kirsty Law, Kirsty Logan and Esther Swift Don’t Want Fairytale Weddings

Kirsty Law, Kirsty Logan and Esther Swift Don’t Want Fairytale Weddings

Songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and harpist Esther Swift came together at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to perform their dark fairytale reimagining, Lord Fox. Part of the Book Festival’s Playing with Books series, Lord Fox combines storytelling, composition and song... 

Graeme Macrae Burnet Responds to the Lyceum’s Staging of His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet Responds to the Lyceum’s Staging of His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s literary thriller, His Bloody Project, explores a brutal triple murder in the Scottish Highlands in 1869 through a variety of different, at times conflicting, accounts... 

Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

In his Fringe show Two Little Ducks, UK spoken-word artist and activist Matt Abbott uses poetry to explore contemporary politics. Native to a city that voted 66% Leave, Abbott delves into the socio-economic climate which led many traditionally working-class communities to vote for Brexit, as well as his experiences volunteering at the Calais Jungle... 

‘Teen books will always be the most important books’ – Geek Girl’s Holly Smale

‘Teen books will always be the most important books’ – Geek Girl’s Holly Smale

Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, a teen book series that follows the comic adventures of a high-school girl turned high-fashion model. Smale – herself a former model – returns to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year for the release of Forever Geek, the final book in the series... 

‘What I like about Edinburgh audiences is that they’re up for adventure’ – Meow Meow

‘What I like about Edinburgh audiences is that they’re up for adventure’ – Meow Meow

Meow Meow is an international actress, singer, and dancer. She’s performed her works with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe and toured her own work around the world... 

Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry

Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry

Leyla Josephine is a performance artist and writer from Glasgow. She’s the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion and her poem ‘I Think She Was a She’ went viral in 2014. This year, she brings her show Hopeless to the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Rona Munro on Writing The James Plays: 'I was working on them all simultaneously'

Rona Munro on Writing The James Plays: 'I was working on them all simultaneously'

Rona Munro is an award-winning Scottish writer for theatre, television and radio. Her trilogy of history plays, The James Plays, about King James I, II and III of Scotland are directed by Laurie Sansom and about to undertake a UK and international tour... 

​The Paula Varjack Three Minute Interview

​The Paula Varjack Three Minute Interview

Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. She has performed at numerous arts festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Berlin International Literature Festival, and is the creator of the Anti-Slam, a satirical take on poetry slams where the lowest score wins... 

​‘My first foray into the world of drama’ - Spoken-Word Legend Luke Wright

​‘My first foray into the world of drama’ - Spoken-Word Legend Luke Wright

Luke Wright is a British poet, performer and broadcaster. He has written eight poetry shows, three books of verse and his poems can often be heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4. This year, he has two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe: What I Learned From Johnny Bevan and Stay-at-Home Dandy... 

‘If you suddenly slip into singing, it makes everybody sit up and listen.’ - Jemima Foxtrot’s Melody

‘If you suddenly slip into singing, it makes everybody sit up and listen.’ - Jemima Foxtrot’s Melody

Jemima Foxtrot is an award-shortlisted performance poet who fuses spoken word and song in her Fringe show, Melody. Broadway Baby’s Carly Brown sat down with her in Clerk’s Bar to discuss music, writing her first solo show and the power of live performance. 

‘What would happen if we take happiness seriously?’ - Agnes Török,  If You’re Happy and You Know It – Take This Survey

‘What would happen if we take happiness seriously?’ - Agnes Török, If You’re Happy and You Know It – Take This Survey

Agnes Török is a Swedish spoken-word performer, poetry events organizer and part of Loud Poets. She won the Best International Spoken Word Show at the Edinburgh Fringe (PBH) last year... 

The Hannah Chutzpah Three Minute Interview

The Hannah Chutzpah Three Minute Interview

Hannah Chutzpah is a performance poet, writer and activist. She is performing her one-woman show, Asking Nicely, at the Fringe. Poetry Correspondent Carly Brown chatted with her about asking permission, being part of the PBH Free Fringe and why she likes making people laugh. 

'Behind the scenes, everyone was falling apart' - Jenny Lindsay on Scottish Independence, Ire & Salt

'Behind the scenes, everyone was falling apart' - Jenny Lindsay on Scottish Independence, Ire & Salt

Jenny Lindsay is a poet, performer and promoter of spoken word in Scotland. She is the former BBC Slam Champion (2012) and co-founder of Rally and Broad. Her first one-hour solo show, Ire & Salt, is at Summerhall as part of SHIFT/ - A Best of Spoken Word at the Fringe... 

'It’s so violent what we’ve done to her book' - Annie Ryan's Adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

'It’s so violent what we’ve done to her book' - Annie Ryan's Adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

Annie Ryan is the founder and Artistic Director of The Corn Exchange. Her stage adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, based on the award-winning novel by Eimear McBride, is playing at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe...