And The Beat Goes On – R&B, Feb 21st 2014!

Well, that was a bit of a crackin’ start to the year, wha? We’re still buzzing but the beat does go on, darlinks, it goes on and it goes on. And so…presenting your February lineup, for which we are MOST excited.

Do join us. Mine’s a bourbon on the rocks.




hannah silva



Hannah Silva is a writer and theatre-maker whose work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. As a poet she has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Poetry Hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK.

Her work for theatre includes the solo show ‘Opposition’, a play for a large cast of teenage girls, ‘Orchid’, and ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’ (UK tour 2013). She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3. ‘Marathon Tales’ (co-written with Colin Teevan) has been nominated for the Tinniswood Award for Radio Drama. Her debut poetry collection ‘Forms of Protest’ is published by Penned in the Margins.

billy liar


Billy Liar is an acoustic folk-punk singer/songwriter from Edinburgh, Scotland. Armed with trusty chords and lyrics that reveal an old soul, Billy Liar has been making the rounds throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia for over five years, bashing out singalong anthems and bitter ballads in equal measure.

miracle glass company blue


Brand new psychtrio feat. William Douglas (WD and the Wheel), Austen George (The Setup, The Alvas) and Andy Duncan (Miyagi, The Black Diamond Express). That’s a Supergroup if ever we’ve seen one! 

[and also the loveliest poem by Charles Simic, factfans – Ed.]


jim carruth


Carruth is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo’s Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets, and is the artistic adviser for StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004 and was followed by five pamphlet collections, most recently Working the Hill (Mariscat, 2011) and Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance 2012). In 2009 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and was the winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010 he brought out Grace Notes 1959, a personal response to four classic and ground breaking jazz albums, and his work was also showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. Recently he was joint winner of the McLellan Poetry Prize 2013.

Askew, Claire_0



Claire Askew is a poet, community educator, blogger and typewriter collector from Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in places like The Guardian, The Edinburgh Review, The Istanbul Review and PANK, and have won things like a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the International Salt Prize for Poetry. She just completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Feminist Poetry at the University of Edinburgh, and she recently started work as Young Adult Project Co-Ordinator for Scottish Book Trust.





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