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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. It’s cozy nights by the fire and enjoying a long meal with friends. Meik attributes Denmark’s perpetual ranking as one of the world’s happiest countries in part to their love of hygge. Features Writer Carly Brown sat down with him after his event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss why he thinks hygge has become a global trend, how social media affects our happiness and what we can expect from his new book. Continue Reading

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. Broadway Baby’s Carly Brown met the team to talk about the rehearsal process, creative collaboration and why you probably don’t want ‘a fairytale wedding’. Continue Reading

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. Broadway Baby’s Carly Brown sat down with him to discuss how he created the show and what he’s learned from performing at the Fringe. Continue Reading

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. It won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards and the Man Booker Prize. This year the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in a co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre, presented a theatrical exploration of the novel as part of their Playing with Books series. Features Writer Carly Brown met with Graeme to talk about the rehearsal process, the challenges of writing historical fiction and what’s in store with his next novel. Continue Reading

‘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. Broadway Baby’s Carly Brown sat down with her to discuss travel, writing from a teenage perspective and why teen books are so important. Continue Reading

‘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. She returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for the European Premiere of Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid, a playful cabaret reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. Features Writer Carly Brown spoke with her about the original fairytale, creating her show and why she likes performing in Edinburgh. Continue Reading

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. Hopeless has been Longlisted for the Freedom of Expression Award from Amnesty International. Features Writer Carly Brown sat down with her to discuss creating a solo show, her work with refugees and how we might find hope in turbulent times. Continue Reading

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. Broadway Baby Features writer Carly Brown spoke with her about historical fiction, writing three plays at once and what she loves about live theatre. Continue Reading

​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. Her solo theatre show, How I Became Myself (by Becoming Someone Else), is at the Edinburgh Fringe. Carly Brown chatted with her about building a multi-media show, creating a persona and her favorite aspect of the Fringe. Continue Reading

​‘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. Carly Brown sat down with him to discuss poetry, creating characters and what his two Fringe shows have in common. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

‘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. Her new show, If You’re Happy and You Know It – Take This Survey, is based on her TED talk about studying happiness. Carly Brown sat down with her at The Storytelling Center Café to discuss science and creativity, going viral on YouTube and what makes her happy. Continue Reading

\'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. Carly Brown sat down with her to discuss the Scottish independence referendum, writing a solo show, and what it’s like working within a poetry collective. Continue Reading

\'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. Broadway Baby's Carly Brown sat down with her in the Traverse to discuss adaptation, staging traumatic material and the importance of sharing female stories. Continue Reading

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