The very, very lovely Scott Hutchison – lead singer of Frightened Rabbit will be performing a very special solo set on the Neu Reekie! stage. Needless to say this is not to be missed.
Carla J Easton
Writing, recording and performing music since 2006, Carla J. Easton (b. 1985, Carluke) is a singer & songwriter, with a background and education in visual arts, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Graduating from the Masters of Fine Art programme at Glasgow School of Art in 2011, Easton has been performing and writing music for the all girl-band TeenCanteen ever since.
2016 saw the release of two critically acclaimed albums written by Easton; ”Homemade Lemonade” released under the solo alias Ette via Olive Grove Records, and the TeenCanteen debut album ”Say It All With A Kiss” via Last Night From Glasgow Records.
Both of these records exemplify Easton’s passion for polyphonic melodies, stacked harmonies and studio experimentation. With pure polished pop at their core, Easton’s songs are melanchloic epics packed into 3 minute synth driven mini dramas.
Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson
Will Anderson is a BAFTA winning Writer/Director and Animator from the Scottish Highlands. Currently living in Edinburgh, Will specialises in design & character animation for film and television. Will has worked in many professional productions, ranging from feature-length documentary films, to short animation series for both children’s and adults’ television entertainment. His short ‘The Making of Longbird‘ has screened at over 50 Film festivals, picking up prizes at Warsaw Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, as well as Stuttgart, Annecy, and London International Animation Festivals.
Ainslie Henderson is a BAFTA winning Writer/Director, and picked up the BAFTA New Talent Award in 2012 for his short film ‘It’s About Spending Time Together’. His film “I Am Tom Moody” is currently touring international film festivals and has won Best British short at Encounters film festival in Bristol, Best student film at Krok in Russia, Disney best student film at Ottawa animation festival, the Special Jury Award at Annecy 2013 and the Animation category of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.
Kevin Williamson is poet, author, publisher, activist and cosmologist. He is the founder and editor of the Rebel Inc Magazine and the Rebel Inc imprint of Canongate Books. His first collection of poetry, In A Room Darkened, was published in 2007 by Two Ravens Press.
Michael Pedersen is a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner, a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature, a Canongate Future 40 and a Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist. He has two successful chapbooks under his belt and a full collection, published by Polygon books, with a second forthcoming in 2017. With fans ranging from Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochhead to Stephen Fry and Young Fathers, Michael has also written pop songs for bands and short plays for National Theatre of Scotland (Five Minute Theatre) and Edinburgh Art Festival (co-written with Alan Bissett). In 2010, Michael co-founded, prize-winning, literary collective Neu! Reekie!, which, to-date, has produced over 100 shows (in Scotland and internationally) and birthed a burgeoning publishing house and micro record label. Michael has read in a range of places including: Sidewalk Cafe (New York), Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo), Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (Bali), Lake of Star (Malawi), Latitude Festival (UK), BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6, BBC Arts Night and beyond.
Leyla is a spoken word and performance artist. She is the former UK H&T Spoken Word Slam Champion. She won Loud Poet’s 2017 Slam, Bang Said The Gun’s ‘Golden Gun’ and R&B Commonwealth Slam. Featured on BBC Social, Upworthy, Guardian and Huffington Post
Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet living in Edinburgh. She has been published in many literary journals, including New Writing Scotland, and Gutter, and in anthologies: Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), and #Untitled 2, Neu! Reekie! (Polygon, 2016). She has been short-listed for Write Queer London as well as a Lancelot Andrewes Award judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She is the winner of the Barbara Burford prize from The Young Enigma Awards 2014. Her film-poem collaboration On Meeting a Fox was part of the official selection for the Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver in 2013.
Janette Ayachi is the author of the poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings (Original Plus Press, 2012) and A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press, 2013). She edits the online arts journal The Undertow Review and performs her poetry across the U.K. She was Digital Poet in Residence for The Poetry School in 2015, and has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh
Louie & The Lochbacks
With members of Be Charlotte, Pronto Mama, and Hector Bizerk, new a capela group Louie and the Lochbacks are something of a supergroup. Their bright harmonies, and Louie Bhoy’s sharp and visceral verse is bringing something new to Scottish poetry, and providing an exciting and more contemplative counterpoint to Louie’s work as the front man of Hector Bizerk
Iona Lee is a writer, performer and artist, or at least she hopes to be all of these things soon but she is still in her infancy. Iona began performing spoken word at seventeen; now a student at the Glasgow School of Art, she often illustrates her work. She won the title of Scottish Slam Champion in 2016
ALAN BISSETT is a novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk. He now lives in Renfrewshire. His novels include Boyracers (2001) and Death of a Ladies’ Man (2009) and his theatre work is gathered in the anthology Collected Plays (2014). Alan will be performing his ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues at the Storytelling Centre during the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
He has received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary, and a Creative Scotland Artists’ Bursary. He has taken part in translation projects through Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, and has completed successful residencies in Haileybury Imperial Service College and the Burns House Museum. In 2014 a chapbook of his poetry Potom Koža Toho Druhého was translated in Slovakian and published by Vertigo. His work has appeared on radio and television and his second full collection Dirt was published by Carcanet in 2016.
Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist who straddles the boundaries between the literary, poetic and pop scenes. A UK Slam Champion and Winner of the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Spoken Word, Hollie’s online videos have repeatedly gone viral (with 4 million views and counting). She has garnered titles like ‘chick of the week’ (MTV), ‘internet sensation’ (Best Daily), and poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated ‘I cant take my ears off her’- other fans that include Pink, Kate Tempest (with whom Hollie regularly collaborates/performs), Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Ross. She was the first poet to record an album in Abbey Road Studios. Hollie has toured internationally, performed in venues as diverse as Glastonbury Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar, Southbank Centre and Cambridge University. Her poems have appeared on Radio 4, XFM, MTV, Channel 4, BBC 1, BBC 2, Dazed, The Guardian and beyond. She recently had her poems scored by a national orchestra. Her poetry/journal ‘Nobody Told Me’ took the UK by storm in 2016 and June 2017 sees Picador publish her third collection entitled ‘Plum
(born in 1947 in Newarthill, Lanarkshire) studied at the Glasgow School of Art. The first work that brought Lochhead to wider notice was Memo for Spring, which was published in 1972 at a time when the Scottish poetry scene was largely male-dominated. Her collections of poetry include Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), True Confessions and New Clichés (1985) and Bagpipe Muzak (1991). Lochhead is also a successful playwright, her productions including Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off (1987) and a Scots-language adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe (1985). Liz was Scotland’s Makar from 2011 – 2016; she won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2015
Jackie Kay (Edinburgh, 1961) was named Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in March 2016. Jackie was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She also writes children’s literature and plays, and has written extensively for stage and television. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe, 1991) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere (Picador, 2011), her most recent collection of poems, was shortlisted for the Costa award. Her novel Trumpet (Picador, 1998) won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road (Picador, 2011) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the London Book Award and was shortlisted for the J.R. Ackerley Prize. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here (Picador, 2011) won the Decibel British Book Award.
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