Alongside Summerhall’s These Silences literary symposium and Word Power’s Book Fringe, Unbound promises some of the finest literary events in Edinburgh this month. It’s on every night from the 14th to the 29th August in the magnificent Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square Gardens as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. All events are free and unticketed, start at 9pm and the bar will be open until 1am. The Skinny has the full rundown but highlights include,
– McHigh – a Gutter evening of stimulant based writing – Monday 15th August
‘Literary intoxication and stimulation’ from the exceptional Gutter Magazine featuring Alan Bissett (Death of a Ladies Man), Chris Adrian (The Great Night), Amy Burns (author of forthcoming Wake Me When It’s Over) and Jenni Fagan (author of the forthcoming The Panopticon and 3:AM’s 2010 poetry collection of the year The Dead Queen of Bohemia).
- The Paris Review Presents New American Writing – Wednesday 17th August
‘Editor Lorin Stein discusses the history and success of the magazine with three of the most exciting, innovative American writers at work today: Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan, essayist and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine John Jeremiah Sullivan as well as Donald Antrim, regular contributor to The New Yorker and author of The Verificationist‘.
- The Golden Hour – Thursday 18th August
Words from Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Kelly Link and William Letford. Music from Billy Liar, Mikel Krumins (ex-Abdominal Showmen) and Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves.
- Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson– Sunday 21st August
Collaborative St Kilda song cycle from the poet Robin Robertson and the mighty Alasdair Roberts.
- Literary Death Match – Monday 22nd August
Battle Royale-style fight to the death* between four esteemed writers, hosted by Literary Death Match founder, Todd Zuniga.
- Cargo Special Delivery – Wednesday 24th August
Featuring Allan Wilson (Wasted in Love), Tracey S. Rosenberg (The Girl In The Bunker), Rahul Bhattacharya (The Sly Company of People Who
Care) and music by the patron saint of bearded lovelorn debauchees (and co-creator of one of the album’s of the year Everything’s Getting Older) Aidan Moffat.
- Five Dials – Thursday 25 August
Hosted by editor, Craig Taylor, the evening will be a mixture of readings and music from Hamish Hamilton’s literary magazine.
- Words Per Minute – Friday 26 August
Bringing the acclaimed Arches night to the city, Kirstin Innes, Kirsty Logan and Helen Sedgwick present a cavalcade of talent including Alan Bissett and Adam Levin (The Instructions).
- James Yorkston with The Pictish Trail and Lisa O’Neil – Saturday 27 August
- Love’s Rebellious Joy: A Party For Paul Reekie – Sunday 28th August
A celebration of the life and work of Scotland’s much-missed poet and scholar, Paul Reekie. Compered by Tam Dean Burn, ‘the night will feature readings by veterans of Children of Albion Rovers, the book that captured the spirit of Kevin Williamson’s 1990s lit-zine Rebel Inc, and redefined Scottish literature forever with the publication of amongst others, Reekie’s novella, Submission.’ Featuring Irvine Welsh, Gordon Legge, Laura Hird and Kevin Williamson plus ‘collaboration between post-punk existential crooner Vic Godard of the Subway Sect and Edinburgh’s own strung-out guitar thieves led by former Fire Engine Davy Henderson, The Sexual Objects, with Pop Group guitarist Gareth Sagar guest-starring.’
*no writers are actually harmed, bar crushed egos.
First posted: Friday, August 12th, 2011.