O’Bheal : Weekly Poetry Night in Cork


Welcome to Ó Bhéal, Cork’s weekly poetry event. Featuring guest poets, a poetry challenge and later open-mic, Ó Bhéal has become a prominent, thriving feature in the cultural landscape of the Cork arts community.

Ó Bhéal (Irish for ‘by word of mouth’) creates an original platform for established and non-established poets alike, allowing the public consistent access to contemporary poetry. Many as a result have engaged with the art form for the first time, and a number of these have remained actively writing and seeing their works accepted into print.

The event is held on Mondays at 9.30 pm, upstairs in The Hayloft bar, above The Long Valley, one of Cork’s favourite and most iconic poetry venues. It is inclusive of all poetry styles and adult demographics. Do come along and experience some contemporary poetry in a friendly setting.


‘If you pinned me against a wall, I’d probably admit to being a liberal. Of course, pinning me against a wall is exactly what I’d expect from someone like you.’

Confirmation is a show about the gulfs we cannot talk across, and about the way we choose to see only the evidence that proves we are right. Working with research into the phenomenon of confirmation bias, Confirmation attempts to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism.

From multiple award-winning Chris Thorpe (Unlimited, Royal Exchange, Hannah Jane Walker) and Rachel Chavkin” (The Team). Presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate. Commissioned by Northern Stage and Battersea Arts Centre. Fringe First winner 2014. British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015.

Paradise Lost : Fringe Interpretation of Milton’s Classic Poem

London’s boldest dance theatre brings hit shows to the Fringe.

Inspired by Milton’s epic poem with less words, more dance and never before seen levels of divine incompetence. The Lost Dog’s restaging of the creation of everything. A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) and then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control. As God himself once said ‘in the beginning it all seemed like such a good idea.’

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is on at 14.40, Main Hall, Summerhall, 19-23, 25-30. For more information go to festival15.summerhall.co.uk/event/paradise-lost-lies-unopened-beside-me/

Summerhall TV at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Another year, another Edinburgh International Book Festival. How it does roll round so quickly! We’ve got our best crew of filmmakers and literature interviewers camped out at the festival this year, and we’ll have a bundle of excellent author interviews for you over the next couple of weeks.

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Anna-Helena McLean : Titania

An innovative re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed and created by renowned international theatre practitioner Anna-Helena McLean (formerly a principal performer with Poland’s legendary Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices).

This intoxicating performance promises an engaging, funny, sensual and participatory experience in which our much-loved queen of the night plays out events from her past, hosting nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and back into the woods.

A heady fusion of original music and vocal acrobatics, Titania is the Queen of the Faeries’ tale with an amplified twist.

Titania is on in the Demonstration Room, Summerhall, 18.25, until the 30th August, excl Mondays. Find out more at http://festival15.summerhall.co.uk/event/titania-a-solo-cabaret/.

The Thermos Museum

The Thermos Museum is a comedic but also edifying experience; suitcases unfold to reveal numerous astonishing displays. However, the public are not free to reign: visitors are escorted around the museum by the mysterious and disenchanted Tour Guide. Digression seems to rule over Flask information. Truths are blurred, and the concept of a museum is played with. The exhibits are presented in themed tableaux, such as “Thermos at War” (featuring audio-visual effects) and “Flasks of the world” (uniquely educational).

The Thermos Museum is situated in the Summerhall Courtyard throughout the festival. Tours are Wed-Sat, 5th-31st August, 2pm and 3pm, Tour duration : 30mins. Find out more at summerhall.co.uk/2015/the-thermos-museum/

Thaddeus Phillips : 17 Border Crossings

A trip around the world via storytelling at its most effortlessly fluent, 17 Border Crossings starts with a man at a desk on an empty stage and ends up everywhere but. The itinerary: a worse-for-wear Communist-era train traveling from Prague to Belgrade, the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow, and 15 other border crossings recreated with magnetic, offhanded charm by award-winning theater director, designer, and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips.

A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the perplexing ins and outs of our fragile right of passage

17 Border Crossings is on in the Old Lab, Summerhall, 18.35, everyday except Mondays. For more information and to book tickets, go to festival15.summerhall.co.uk/event/17-border-crossings/

Brian Friel’s version of A Month in the Country

As part of our new project capturing the arts in Ireland for Culturefox, we visited Dublin’s Gate Theatre to find out more about their upcoming play, A Month in the Country.

The setting is the Islayev country estate. Natalya Petrovna, a headstrong woman, is married to Arkady Islayev, a rich landowner. Bored with life, she welcomes the attentions of Michel Rakitin as her devoted but resentful admirer, without ever letting their friendship develop into a love affair. The arrival of the handsome student Aleksey Belyayev, as tutor to her son Kolya, ends her boredom. Natalya falls in love with Aleksey, but so does her ward Vera. To rid herself of her rival, Natalya proposes that Vera should marry a rich old neighbour, but the rivalry remains unresolved…

Friel’s adaptation of A Month in the Country is a study of the cruel inequality of love, mingling tragedy and comedy, laughter and tears.

A Month in the Country previews from Thursday 2nd July at Dublin’s Gate Theatre. Opening Night Tuesday 7th July and runs until August 22nd.

Book tickets HERE

Janet Smyth : Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Children and Education Programme Director Janet Smyth, picks a selection of highlights from this year’s forthcoming Edinburgh International Book Festival. The programme features a series of interactive events, new launches from well known favourites and a key focus on the work of international authors.

Tickets go on sale on the 23rd June 2015. The festival takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens from the 15th to the 31st August 2015.

Like Leaves in Autumn

Like Leaves in Autumn is a collection of twenty one poems by Giuseppe Ungaretti translated into English, twenty one new poems by contemporary Scottish poets writing in response to Ungaretti, and twenty one black-and-white artworks from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Carlo Pirozzi and Katherine Lockton edited the collection, with translations provided by Heather Scott, Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2015.

The present publication is part of the project, ‘The Ungaretti Multi-Media War Project’ (UM-MW), led by Carlo Pirozzi. The UM-MW, intended both to commemorate the centenary of World War One and to celebrate the fifty years since Edinburgh and Florence were first twinned, is in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh and has the endorsement of Edinburgh City Council and Florence City Council.
The UM-MW brings together new publications, film, animation, music and sculpture in response to poems written during the Great War by Giuseppe Ungaretti, one of Europe’s greatest modernist poets.

Artworks which accompany this book have been selected by ARTIST ROOMS, which is jointly owned and managed by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation.

The UM-MW will be participating in the Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh 22-30 May 2015.

Marina Warner : Signs and Wonders

Almost a decade late we’ve edited the interview between Marina Warner and Tana McPhee conducted at Channings Hotel. Warner was in Edinburgh for the Book Festival, talking about her book Signs and Wonders. This collection draws together essays written over twenty-five years, offering a wide-ranging retrospective of Warner’s changing ideas on literature and culture – on fiction, drama, religion, language and fairy tale.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism, and history. Her works include novels and short stories, as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales.

Andrey Kurkov

Raj Chakraborty interviews author Andrey Kurkov about his work, what inspires him, and the presence of amoral characters in his books, at the 2005 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Andrey Kurkov is a Ukrainian novelist and commentator, writing for several international publications. He has written 13 novels, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin, and 5 books for children. His work is currently translated into 25 languages, including English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Swedish and Hebrew.

Kurkov has recently published a series of diaries documenting the Ukrainian revolution, providing a snapshot into the ordinary and extraordinary goings-on of a country struggling with massive upheaval.

Find out more about Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev here 

Glyn Maxwell : The Sugar Mile

Jim Kelly interviews Glyn Maxwell about his new book, The Sugar Mile, a series of monologues set during the Second World War and a post 9/11 environment, at the 2005 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism.

Kevin Williamson : Tam O’Shanter

Kevin Williamson’s explosive recital of Tam O’Shanter at Neu! Reekie!’s Mega Burns Bash held at Summerhall in January 2013.

Kevin Williamson is a poet, journalist, publisher, and activist. He founded Rebel Inc, a counter-culture publishing company and literary journal, co-edits the libertarian, republican newspaper Bella Caledonia and is one half of ‘avant-garde noise-makers’ Neu! Reekie!

Neu! Reekie!, a monthly night of poetry, animation and music, also featured the following at their Mega Burns Bash: poet Jackie Kay, video artist Rachel Maclean, punk-fusion band The Bum Clocks and gypsy-jazz band Emelle with spoken word by Michael Pedersen.

The Grind Journal and [Untitled] Falkirk : Away Game

Gordon Johnstone from The Grind Journal and Craig Allan from [Untitled] Falkirk discuss their food bank fundraiser, Away Game, which took place in Summerhall’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre on the 15th January. The event had a host of poets and writers performing their work, including the likes of Dickson Telfer and Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.

[Untitled] is the only bi-annual artist ‘zine dedicated to quality new arts and writing from around the Falkirk District. Created in early 2012 by artist Craig Allan, [Untitled] is a platform for original, engaging and unpublished work that address the social and political issues that reflect the needs and interests of the people and environs of Falkirk District.

The Grind is a journal of fiction and visual art for Scotland and its diaspora; they publish short fiction, poetry, prose, experimental writing, photography and visual art by artists in Scotland and Scottish artists across the world.

You can donate directly to the Trussell Trust by going here 

Ian Rankin : Amnesty International

Talking at the Amnesty International event as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival, author Ian Rankin shares his thoughts on the power of free speech and the written word.

Ian Rankin is best known for his Rebus series. Started when he was supposed to be studying for his PhD in Scottish Literature, the first Rebus novel was published in 1987 and has gone on to be best sellers across several continents and a television series in the UK.

WriterStories : Before and After the Referendum

Interviews with authors and activists from Scotland and England taking place before and after the Scottish Referendum. WriterStories caught up with contributors to the Common Weal Festival in Glasgow in Spring 2014, to Yestival with the National Collective at Summerhall in the Summer, to the Radical and Independent Book Fair in Leith and to the Radical Independence Conference * in Glasgow, both in the Autumn (after the Referendum). Features Robin McAlpine, Cat Boyd, Angela Haggerty, Dominic Hind, James Meadway, James Meek, Jenny Lindsay, Lesley Riddoch, Ross Aitchison, John Harris and Aamer Anwar.

* Filmed with support from Bella Caledonia.

Celebrating 15 years of cultural programme production

We’re celebrating 15 years of our arts-news archive with a series of compilation programmes. Arts-news began in 2000 as a way of providing short art and literature related news items for the local TV channels Edinburgh Television and Channel Six Dundee. Several of these short clips were combined into programmes.

Our arts-news channels Summerhall TVArt in Scotland TV and Writer Stories TV deliver short clips on contemporary art, literature and performances. Our sites are built upon an archive of almost 2000 film and TV clips that stretch back to the 1970s (on www.summerhall.tv).

Summerhall TV will be screening the first edition of Not The Late Review, a film by Robert Morgan featuring a discussion on the arts in Edinburgh chaired (informally) by Kevin Williamson of Rebel Inc and (more recently) Neu Reekie!

Art in Scotland TV will be showing a programme on the 5th British Art Show, an impressive array of contemporary artists showing across Edinburgh in 2000.

On WriterStories TV we have The Book Show comprising a compilation of our earliest author interviews – including Moon Unit Zappa and Terry Jones – from our early days interviewing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


The Book Show Collection

To celebrate 15 years of our literature coverage, we present a collection The Book Show interviews taken from Edinburgh Book Festival as far back as 2000.

Robert Morgan presents Terry Jones, Moon Unit Zappa, Jeff Noon, Edwina Currie, Linda Grant, Margaret Drabble, Romesh Gunesekara, Peter Martin, Fergal Keane, Alexei Sayle, and presentations from Amnesty International on behalf of imprisoned writers.

Alan Cumming : The Anniversary Party

Robert Morgan’s interview with director Alan Cumming for his debut directorial role in The Anniversary Party. Filmed at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2002 for Edinburgh Television and Channel Six Dundee.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery have recently unveiled a commission of Alan Cumming’s portrait. You can find out more about it here.

Aamer Anwar : Radical Independence Conference 2014

Aamer Anwar is Scotland’s leading Human Rights lawyer. He is a longstanding anti-war campaigner and advocate of immigrant rights.

Anwar talks at the Radical Independence Conference, which was held in Glasgow, in November 2014. The event saw an attendance of 3000 people, and talks from a number of speakers such as politicians, writers, journalists and many others involved in the independence movement.

The Radical Independence Campaign is dedicated to working towards creating an alternative vision of independence for Scotland. The campaign has played a key part in supporting the independence referendum, boosting grassroots support from around the country and providing a platform for those wishing to discuss Scotland’s future.

This clip was first published on Belle Caledonia.

Beryl Bainbridge : Edinburgh International Book Festival 2001

Robert Morgan of Edinburgh Television interviews Beryl Bainbridge at the 2001 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Beryl Bainbridge was born in Lancashire in November 1934. She wrote her first novel, Harriet Said, during the 1950s, although it was not published until 1972.

Her prolific output included 18 novels, three of which were filmed, two collections of short stories, several plays for stage and television, and many articles, essays, columns and reviews.

She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times; The Dressmaker (1973); The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize; An Awfully Big Adventure (1990) which was made into a film in 1995; Every Man For Himself (1996) which won the Whitbread Novel Award; and Master Georgie (1998) which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction).

Beryl Bainbridge was awarded a DBE in 2000, and later died in London in 2010. A one-off award, the Man Booker Best of Beryl, was created in her honour to celebrate her five shortlisted novels.

PD James : Edinburgh International Book Festival 2001

Robert Morgan from Edinburgh Television interviews PD James at the 2001 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

PD James has written twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain’s Home Office. She served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. PD James passed away at the age of 94, in her home in Oxford, on 27th November 2014.

Edwina Currie : Edinburgh International Book Festival 2001

Robert Morgan talks to writer Edwina Currie about her series of novels revolving around the ups and downs of political life, and her involvement with Amnesty International, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Edwina Currie was a member of the Conservative party, holding the post of Junior Health Minister for 2 years in the 1980s. After leaving parliament, Currie became a writer and broadcaster, publishing books in fiction and non-fiction. Her diaries of her time in parliament caused a stir as they revealed Currie and John Major’s four year affair between 1984 and 1988.

Anna Oppermann : Roundtable Discussion

Lisa Otty chairs the roundtable discussion ‘The Process of Content: on a temporality in contemporary art’, developed from the work of Anna Oppermann currently being exhibited at the Cooper Gallery, DJCAD in Dundee. Introduced by the gallery’s curator Sophia Hao the panel includes Martin Warnke, Tobi Maier, Guy Brett and Lynda Morris.

Graham Hogg : An Atlas of Productivity

Graham Hogg from research and design collective, Lateral North, introduces ‘Scotland : An Atlas of Productivity’. This is the first dedicated atlas of Scotland since the 19th century, mapping not only Scotland’s landscapes, towns and cities, but also aspects of its national productivity. A series of maps shows the country’s land ownership, transport links and wind speeds, amongst other aspects, and draws inspiration from Patrick Geddes’s vision of comprehensive surveying.

Scotland : An Atlas of Productivity was published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, as part of its Common Weal project. This video was first published on Bella Caledonia.

Ghazi Hussein at Wordplay 2014

Poet, writer, and Bafta award winning playwright, Ghazi Hussein, talks to Dave Hammond at this year’s Wordplay Festival in Shetland.

Palestinian born Ghazi Hussein was exiled in Syria, and between the ages of 14 and 36, he was imprisoned and tortured in Syria for “carrying thoughts”, for his writing. He eventually came to Scotland as a refugee, and now resides in Edinburgh, where he has been involved in many artistic fields since then.

Find out more at http://shetlandfilm.org/wordplay/

Donald Murray and Doug Robertson : Wordplay Festival

Dave Hammond joins writer Donald Murray and artist Doug Robertson, to discuss their collaboration for the book ‘The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St.Kilda.’

Visual artist Douglas Robertson was born and brought up on the east coast of Scotland, which had a major influence on his work.

Teacher, journalist and author, Donald S Murray was raised in Ness in the Isle of Lewis and lives and works in Shetland. Murray has been published in several national anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland.

Find out more about the authors and the book at http://shetlandfilm.org/wordplay/

Sally Magnusson : Where Memories Go

Dave Hammond joins broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson, to discuss her book ‘Where Memories Go : Why Dementia Changes Everything’, at this year’s Wordplay Festival. Exploring the effects of dementia, Magnusson talks candidly about her personal experience caring for her mother who had dementia, the challenges one can face when caring for someone else, and the current research into the disease.

Find out more about Sally Magnusson’s charity by going to www.playlistforlife.org.uk/