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Monthly Archives: September 2012

An Interview with the Fractal Prince Himself

Looking forward to tomorrow(Thursday) night’s interview of Hannu Rajaniemi for his book launch at Pulp Fiction – hope to see some of you there!


Update on October shows


A little more info on a couple of gigs coming up for you:

WEDNESDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, THE BONGO CLUB – 7.30 – 10 PM, £5/£3 conc


If your life had a soundtrack, what would it be?

We’re used to backing music in movies, TV drama, and plays. Why not when someone tells us a story? Writers’ Bloc regulars Gavin Inglis and Andrew C Ferguson have teamed up with rising star Dickson Telfer for a new kind of spoken word show.

Empowered by composer Kenny Inglis and musical collaborators Will Treeby and Kelly Brooks, the trio have put together stories of: trips to lap dancing bars with guardian angels; ram raids; cabaret singers on Mars; dead blondes; and Gregorian chanting vengeful moles — all with unique backing tracks, mashing up pre-recorded music and live instrumentation.

Part of Oxjam’s series of charity music gigs, Scored Stories takes spoken word to the next level. The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8BA Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Advance Tickets available




WARNING: This show contains literary necromancy – not suitable for those of a nervous disposition.WRITERS’ BLOC is Edinburgh’s premier spoken-word performance group, with a ten-year legacy of innovative and entertaining shows showcasing some of the capital’s foremost fiction writers. Recent shows include: Electric Lit Orchestra, part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Unbound strand; Brave New Words at the Edinburgh Science Festival; and FANtasia at Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention, in London.  Other events have ranged from Mr Big Society to The Slime of Miss Jean Brodie and Doyle M for Murder (part of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature programme).

They are now preparing a daring, dangerous and diabolical show for Halloween, using a mix of black magic and cutting edge technolody.

In the months running up to All Hallow’s Eve, the members of Writers Bloc have been contacting the spirits of the dead – invoking the shades of literary giants, and using spirit guides to produce terrifying tales of The Other Side…

Come and witness the birth of a new literary movement – Séance Fiction.

Gig News

Someone told me the other day they’d walked down the High Street earlier this week and it looked empty, now all our visiting Festival chums have gone. Fortunately there’s a thriving native scene and it looks like I’ll be doing a nice little cluster of gigs at the end of October.

First, on 24th October, there’s an as-yet unnamed music and spoken word gig involving me, Gavin Inglis, Dickson Telfer and others including Gav’s brother Kenny, William Treeby and the inimitable Kelly Brooks.  It’s at the Bongo Club. More on this soon but I’m really excited about the possibilities of this gig.

Next, I’ve been asked to do a slot at Shore Poets at Henderson’s at the West End on Sunday 28th October. That’s a great venue for poetry and I’m looking forward to putting together a 15-minute slot.

Last but not least, Writers’ Bloc are having their Halloween gig at the Bongo on Wednesday 31st. Things are shaping up nicely for it, with the Bloc crew fully engaged on new material.