The Poets are Coming: Max Scratchmann

What do people need to know about you?

Catch me doing guest spots in any number of fantastic poetry and cabaret shows

Max Scratchmann is a poet, promoter and performer. He currently runs and co-hosts the Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, travel writer and puppeteer.

What are you up to this Fringe?

I'm performing with Alec Beattie in a darkly comic spoken owrd show called Edinburgh in the Shadows at the Pilgrim Bar just off the Cowgate from 8th August to 18th August at 1:45 pm daily, plus the Poetry Circus are presenting their Fringe Show – Talking Animals – with myself, Emily Elver, Jemima Foxtrot, Jo Harrison and Claire Balfour at Woodland Creatures, Leith Walk, on 11th August. Plus catch me doing guest spots in any number of fantastic poetry and cabaret shows and culminating at the Poetry Circus tent on Portobello Prom on August 29th from 12 noon to 4pm.

What else are you going to see?

Ettieboo's Cabaret Boonanza, Pollyanna Cabaret, Faust, The Secret Life of Suitcases, Opera Mouse, The BBC Slam, and many, many more

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