30 Jun

Interrobang & Scottish PEN: We Are Watching?!

19:00 — 23:00
Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Your INTERROBANG?! hosts Beth Cochrane and Ricky Monahan Brown are pleased to present a very special show with Scottish Pen as part of their “Surveillance” campaign – https://scottishpen.org/surveillance/

Support free expression and have a great night out with the winners ofSabotage Reviews‘ 2017 Saboteur Award for Best Regular Spoken Word Night. We’re delighted to be joined by: Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca; co-founder of Open Book and The Belonging Project, Marjorie Lotfi Gill;Scottish PEN board member and writer, reviewer, and Lunchtime Poetry maven, Laura Waddell; and consummate poet and performer Colin McGuire. We’re also super-chuffed to welcome back the on-point atmospheric pop and dark ambient glo-fi of Super Inuit.


Come along – because we’ll *know* if you’re not there…

WE ARE WATCHING?! – featuring

CHRISTINE DE LUCA – Christine is a Scottish poet and novelist who writes in English and in Shetland Dialect, which is a blend of Old Scots with much Norse influence. She is the current Edinburgh Makar – poet laureate for the City of Edinburgh. “Not only a heavyweight poet in her own right but also a trailblazer for the rest of us” – Elizabeth Rimmer, Northwords Now

MARJORIE LOTFI GILL – Marjorie was Jupiter Artland’s first poet in residence, and first writer in residence for Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival. Often writing in response to artwork, her work has featured in Radio 4’s Something Understood, An Anthology for Seamus Heaney, The 2015 Federation of Writers Scotland Anthology and Miscellaneous: Writing Inspired by the Hunterian.

LAURA WADDELL – Laura works as Publishing Manager at HarperCollins, previously specialising in marketing and publicity for small indie publishers. She is a board member of Scottish PEN. Her criticism, essays and fiction have appeared in the Guardian, Independent, The List, 3:AM Magazine and a number of books.

COLIN MCGUIRE – A consummate poet and performer from Glasgow who lives in Edinburgh, Colin is the author of the collections As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning, Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt, and Riddled with errors. He has performed and written relentlessly over the past five years, building up a reputation as a dynamic, engaging and challenging performer and poet.

SUPER INUIT’s recent release, Tessellate, represents ongoing experimentations with atmospheric beats and abstracted lyrics. “Chilled out, droney electronics” – Ravechild

Scottish PEN is the Scottish branch of PEN International@, a not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of speech and literature across borders. Scottish PEN defends writers who are subject to censorship, imprisonment, death sentence, and exile, their freedom of expression, freedom of press, and freedom to critique.

Interrobang is Scotland’s most adorably edgy night of storytelling & music, and Britain’s Best Regular Spoken Word Night?!?!

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