He won young magician of the year and makes the most amazing shadow puppets with his hands. He is a mathematical phenomena (he made fun of me for taking a photo of his calculations) and his trick performed in the style of a cruise ship magician is fabulously entertaining. More of a comedian then a magician, he’ll leave you wanting more…
Insider Tip: Arrive early, this is a sell out show! Also, bring ID, despite being 29 I was refused entry to the Voodoo Rooms, I used a mortgage letter to get in (no joke!). Lastly, do not stay in the venue for the following show.
Poetry, music and a journey from a wonderful performer and poet. There’s also a sexy saxophone and base, mmm nice!
The World Press Photography Exhibition, The Scottish Parliament
24th – 27th August, 10am – 5.30pm
Visually stunning, heart wrenching photographs bring you face to face with hard-hitting truth from around the world.
Music, readings, giveaways, storytelling, song, performance and poetry in the cosy Spiegel Tent (ceiling pictured below). The venue is a cross between a circus tent and a wild west bar but with far more atmosphere than either (not that I’ve been to the wild west).
Expect quality and inspiration, I witnessed a wonderful poetic description of St Kilda from Robin Robertson on Sunday, I almost fell off my chair it was so wonderful. Plus there’s free Jura Whisky and slices of Pizza for £1.50. If you hate it, you can leave. Oh and the toilets actually have toilet roll in them and are clean. I’ve been to some shockers this festival, there’s a lot to be said for a lovely loo.
Folk-hop is a mixture of folk, hip hop and poetry. Sounds weird but it’s wonderful. See a ukulele playing lumberjack and last year’s world poetry slam champion Ian Keteku, be prepared to click your fingers, shoot imaginary guns in the air and really enjoy yourself!
Conongate Pop Up Shop, Author Events, 20 QUEENSFERRY STREET
22 – 27th August: 5.30pm
Author events on every day at 5.50pm and there’s free cake too. The books are really cheap and you can visit the shop any time between 2pm and 6pm.
Away from the busyness of the fringe, Hidden Gem award winners Leith on the Fringe host lunchtime ‘Ragged talks’ every weekend. Topics include the Edinburgh Poaching, Music in India and more. With just three talks left, it’s worth a visit. I’m doing the last talk of the series, Banana me beautiful (that’s the name of the talk, not a new expression). I’ll be performing some poems (and a comedy horse song) from my new book (based on my fringe show) and sharing a bit about my journey. Hope to see you there!