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Poet Dan Simpson: “Computers Don’t Know What a Cliché is”

Poet Dan Simpson: “Computers Don’t Know What a Cliché is”

Dan Simpson is a former Canterbury Laureate, and has performed at the Glastonbury Festival, Roundhouse Camden, and the BBC Fringe Slam. His 2016 Fringe show Artificial Ineloquence uses emoji poems, selfie sticks, and computer-generated jokes to explore the future relationship of AI and art. Continue Reading

Interview: Poets Against Humanity\'s ​Andrew Blair & Ross McCleary

Interview: Poets Against Humanity's ​Andrew Blair & Ross McCleary

Andrew Blair and Ross McCleary are Edinburgh-local writers and collaborators. In 2015 they won the PBH Free Fringe ‘Best Double Act’ award for their show Is this Poetry? This year they are bringing two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, McCleary and Blair Panda to the Audience, and their regular monthly night Poets Against Humanity. Continue Reading

Content vs Style - Poet Joel Auterson on Slam Culture

Content vs Style - Poet Joel Auterson on Slam Culture

Joel Auterson is an otter admirer and a host of the Boomerang Club, a regular poetry night in London. He was an entrant in the 2016 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, and competed in Heat 4. Poetry Correspondent Freddie Alexander sat down with him before the slam. Continue Reading

Adele Hampton on Sincerity in Slamming

Adele Hampton on Sincerity in Slamming

Adele Hampton was a member of the Washington DC 2013 Beltway Poetry’s National Slam Team. She has performed at The John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and is a Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Summit Slam finalist. I sat down with Adele before the third heat of the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, which she went on to win. Continue Reading

Shruti Chauhan on Competing in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam

Shruti Chauhan on Competing in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam

Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer from Leicester. She has won slams in Chicago and Mumbai, and recently competed in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, in which she placed runner-up in her heat. In this interview with Freddie Alexander, she talks about her poetry and what it was like to compete in the most prestigious slam in the UK. Continue Reading

​Buddy Wakefield on Taking His Books Out of Print

​Buddy Wakefield on Taking His Books Out of Print

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken-word artist, featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National, and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbour, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved into a Honda Civic and set out to tour North American poetry venues through 2003. He never stopped. Continue Reading

Iona Lee: \'When I started I was just a teenager writing poetry, and I’m still that, really.\'

Iona Lee: 'When I started I was just a teenager writing poetry, and I’m still that, really.'

Iona Lee was born in Edinburgh and brought up in East Lothian. She discovered as a seventeen-year-old that she could use performance poetry as a means of getting in to pubs without her age being challenged. She is a student at the Glasgow School of Art, and in 2015 became the Scottish Slam Champion. She is currently being mentored by Salena Godden, and is crowdfunding her first publication Late Night Philosophy. Continue Reading

\'Be less afraid to completely take over a stage\' - Catherine Wilson

'Be less afraid to completely take over a stage' - Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson is an organiser for the Loud Poets collective, an award-winning collaboration of poets and the band Ekobirds. They recently returned from a debut run at the Prague Fringe festival, where they won the New Territories award. She was a part of the winning team at the 2016 UK National University Poetry Slam, and went on to represent the UK at the CUPSI tournament in Austin, Texas. She is a member of the BBC’s Generation 2016, and is entering her final year studying English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. 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

‘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

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

\'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

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