Eclectic lineup for Book Festival's Unbound

A photo of performance poet Michael Pederson onstage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

After a day celebrating the power of literature and ideas at Edinburgh International Book Festival, savvy festivalgoers will be sure to linger in Charlotte Square Gardens and enjoy the Festival's free Unbound events. 

Unbound takes place each night in the Book Festival's beautiful Spiegeltent and offers an eclectic mix of music, poetry, readings and lots of laughs as the day draws to a close. 

The bill for 2016 includes: 

  • The Phoenix Rises - interactive drawing and performance from a collection of comic artists including Jamie Littler and Adam Murphy.
  • From Sutherland to Saskatoon hosted by Charlene Diehl, director of Winnipeg International Writers Festival looking at modern, multilingual Canada.
  • Liz Lochhead and The Hazey Janes, with the former Makar and indie icons promising "a night of sensational sounds and sonnets".
  • The Bookshop Band, commissioned by the Book Festival to create new songs celebrating international fiction and translation, and inspired by Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian.
  • Poetry as Refuge, with Bidisha, one of the Book Festival's guest selectors for 2016 delivering a multilingual, multinational evening of musical poetry.
  • The EVP Sessions, a collaboration between Penned in the Margins and Mercy, featuring multimedia artist Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, performance poet Harry Giles and more.
  • Tongue Fu, featuring Luke Wright, Hollie McNish and some surprise guests, in a night of improvisation, music and live literature.
  • From Lewis to Lahore, with the results of the Book Festival's Highlight Arts residency at the Lahore Literary Festival and featuring creatives from Scotland and Pakistan.
  • Macastory and Friends, as the storytelling duo continue their entertaining efforts to tell an extremely silly, if not always accurate, history of Scotland.
  • Born to be Wide, with Olaf the Enforcer fighting the cause of new music, writing, performance and storytelling.
  • Stanley Odd, one of Scotland's finest hip-hop acts, performing stripped back versions of their classic tunes.
  • Imagine Better, with Ireland’s new generation of poetry activists, Tara Bergin, Victoria Kennefick and Stephen Sexton, plus guests Kevin Barry, Madeleine Thien and Hamid Ismailov.
  • Neu! Reekie! with poetry and music from founders Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, plus guests.
  • Roddy Woomble and Friends, with the Idelwild frontman taking a break from touring the UK and US to perform alongside Andrew Mitchell, Luciano Rossi and Siobhan Wilson.
  • The Flint & Pitch Revue, presenting the best of Scotland-based spoken word, music and live lit.
  • Vic Galloway and Friends, with Vic's guests including Tom Lanoye and Anneliese Verbeke of Belgium alongside with music guests Adam Stafford, Miracle Glass Company and Khartoum Heroes. 

All Unbound events are free and unticketed. Over 18s only.

Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 13-29 August 2016. Find out more about the Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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