Shows for Booklovers at the Edinburgh Fringe

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It's that time of year again - Edinburgh is packed to the brim with every show and its dog, you can't move for people lining the streets and you don't have a clue what to go and see...

Don't panic!

Booklovers, look no further: we've scouted out some of the most exciting book-related events at the Fringe to help you get your literary fix before the EIBF begins...

 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

10 -17, 19-31 Aug, 10:00, C venues

Billed as a ‘Shakespearience’ that’s been on the go for 23 years, it’s quite simply coffee and croissants with a good helping of the Bard to start the day.

Edinburgh Gin’s Night of Literature and Liquor
 

Edinburgh Gin’s Night of Literature and Liquor

10, 17, 24, 31 Aug, 19.00, Edinburgh Gin Distillery

This is pretty much exactly what it says on the bottle – ‘booze and books’ – a slightly fuzzy look at alcohol in literature, topped up with some cocktails.

 
Edinburgh Book Fringe
 

Edinburgh Book Fringe

14 – 28 Aug, 13:00, Word Power Books

A mini-festival in itself, pop along to independent bookshop Word Power Books for daily reading and events.

 

 
Literary Death Match
 

Literary Death Match

23 – 30 Aug, 16.25, The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

Now a worldwide phenomenon! Four writers go head-to-head against the clock before a panel of judges. Guaranteed hilarity with a literary theme.

 
Green Poems for a Blue Planet
 

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

24 – 31 Aug, 11.15, Gilded Balloon

Stand-up poetry performance by Martin Kiszko with visuals by Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) based on their two award-winning books Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth.

 
Caravan of Design: Maker Library Network
 

Caravan of Design: Maker Library Network

13 – 20 Aug, 10:00 – 18:00, Gayfield Venues

Make. Show. Read. Come and check out this creative space and live exhibition combining making, showing and reading – all guests can get involved in the programme of open workshops.

 
Cafe Voices
 

Cafe Voices

13, 27 Aug, 19:00, Scottish Storytelling Centre

Two special Festival editions of the SSC’s monthly live storytelling session. Come and see special guest hosts and the opportunity to take the mike if you wish to tell a tale!

 
Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow
 

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

18 – 23, 25 – 30 Aug, 09.00, Traverse Theatre

When else do you get the opportunity to combine porridge and a play? The Traverse showcases six commissions from China, Egypt, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and Scotland all on the theme of ‘Tomorrow’ and what the future may hold.

 
Poetry Can F*ck Off
 

Poetry Can F*ck Off

14 – 22 Aug, 15.30, Summerhall

Love it or hate it, poetry can change the world. This is a celebration of profound thoughts, revolutions and the people that have wielded wise words. Think Martin Luther King, Arundhati Roy and Lupe Fiasco, to name a few.

 
Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe
 

Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe

13, 20, 27 Aug, 18:00, Blackwell’s Bookshop

Pop along to Blackwell’s bookshop for a taste of Scotland’s best writing and hear old and new voices alike.


 

Check out our blog Four Novels Set During the Edinburgh Festivals for more book-related Festival madness.

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