Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet

Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet

In 2011, Neil Hilborn’s poetry slam team placed first in the US College Poetry Slam. Since then he has toured with Button Poetry and published two collections of poetry, Clatter and Our Numbered Days... 

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. 

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

The Paradise Palms is a difficult venue in which to perform. The seating is sparse and the bar becomes easily crowded. Most variety nights would struggle to command this kind of audience but Pollyanna is not most variety nights... 

​Why Attila the Stockbroker Quit the Fringe, and Why He Came Back

​Why Attila the Stockbroker Quit the Fringe, and Why He Came Back

Attila the Stockbroker began performing poetry in the 1980s, and since then has toured the world. He has returned to the Edinburgh Festival for the first time in twenty years for the release of his autobiography, Arguments Yard. 

Poet Pete De-Graft Johnson on Balancing Art and Business

Poet Pete De-Graft Johnson on Balancing Art and Business

Pete De-Graft Johnson, also known as The Repeat Beat Poet, is a poet and organiser of The PAD, a studio and events space in London. He has come to the Edinburgh Fringe festival to help run Boomerang Club, a poetry showcase through the PBH Free Fringe. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Harry Baker on Don't Flop Rap Battle's Influence on The Harry and Chris Show

Harry Baker on Don't Flop Rap Battle's Influence on The Harry and Chris Show

In 2012, Harry Baker became the youngest ever World Poetry Slam Champion. Having toured internationally, this year he’s in Edinburgh with his fourth Fringe show The Harry and Chris Show, working with musician Chris Read... 

​Sophia Walker on the BBC Slam:

​Sophia Walker on the BBC Slam: "I Want it to be Impossible to Lose"

Sophia Walker is an internationally renowned poet. Having won the BBC Poetry Slam in 2013, she’s organising the competition in Edinburgh this year. She won Best UK Spoken Word Show 2014, and her debut collection Opposite the Tourbus was published by Burning Eye press that year. 

​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... 

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...