Archive for August 1st, 2011


Edinburgh Book Fringe

Monday, 1 August, 2011

Word Power books - home to the Book Fringe

The Edinburgh Book Fringe, organised by Word Power Books, welcomes a range of authors – from the bestseller lists and beyond. Seeking to engage locals as well as visitors to Edinburgh, every event at the Book Fringe is free and takes place in the bookshop.

Alasdair Gray, author of A Life in Pictures, will open the Edinburgh Book Fringe 2011 on Thursday 11h August , 1pm, at Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street.

Elaine Henry, one of the organisers of the Edinburgh Book Fringe and owner of Word Power Books, said: “We want to give space for open discussions and provide readers with an opportunity to really engage with writers.”

Among the highlights will be Marcel Lucont, explaining what the French really think about the British, Roderick Graham on Scottish philosopher David Hume, and an Empty Chair event, where Scottish writers read the works of the imprisoned.

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National Student Drama Festival at Edinburgh

Monday, 1 August, 2011

NSDF is in Edinburgh for the fifth year running with the Methuen Drama, The Pleasance, IdeasTap and NSDF Emerging Artists’ Competition in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Spotlight.

NSDF11 Selectors will be picking the best of student new work from the Fringe and will transfer the most outstanding piece of work to RSC, Stratford on 18th September and then on to The Pleasance, Islington as part of their Autumn 2011 season, (22nd–24th September), as well as supporting them with £1000 prize money and guidance from director Steve Jon Atkinson (Hightide Festival) and workshops from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Whilst in Edinburgh, NSDF will also be working with IdeasTap, Stage One and Spotlight, running a range of workshops and events for young and emerging artists.

The National Student Drama Festival allows inspirational work from diverse, young and emerging artists to be celebrated and presented. There are also workshops from leading professionals from around the world which at NSDF11 included: Richard Wilson, Paul McGann, Janet Suzman, Iain Canning, Thelma Holt, Mannie Manim, RSC, National Theatre Studio, National Theatre of Scotland, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre and many more.

NSDF12 is going global with the International Student Drama Festival – which will run 22nd – 30th June 2012. More information at:


New Theatre Venue for Stoke Newington

Monday, 1 August, 2011

Second Skin Theatre comes to The Church Street Theatre, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0LU

Located underneath the highly popular Ryan’s Bar in beautiful Stoke Newington Church Street, The Church Street Theatre runs alongside a successful music venue. Flexible staging, full lighting and sound with a vibrant and hip local audience, the resident company are acclaimed theatre company Second Skin Theatre who perform one boldly adventurous production every two months.

Second Skin are also setting up a community theatre project for young kids in Tottenham in November in association with a youth based charity who try to dissuade kids from gangs, drugs and crime.