Portobello Book Festival 2021 – Friday 1st October event details

Below are the details for events on Friday 1st October.
Please remember that all events are ticketed apart from those online.
Tickets available from the library.

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JIM HURFORD

10.30-11.30am – LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

This year’s writing event is on the fun of writing limericks. Jim has recently found pleasure in expressing and reflecting life in limericks. He hopes to show how versatile they can be with topics including balancing rhyme with content, beauty with sadness, politics with humour, local scenes with global issues and so on. This will be a hands-on fun workshop for writers of all experience and inclination. Bring paper, pen and ideas.

HANNAH McCOOKE: CAPABLE HANDS

12.00noon-1.00pm – LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Portobello poet Hannah McCooke has been published in

Dear Damsels, The Selkie, Bloodbath Literary Zine, The Last Anthology and Umbrellas of Edinburgh. She recently released her debut pamphlet, Mortal Magic, and will be discussing her love of DIY publishing, collaboration and the role of queer community in her creativity, as well as her current project – Capable Hands – a collection of love poems for her LGBT+ heroes. Hannah will read from both collections.

Chair: Paul Hudson

READING HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LOCKDOWN

2.00-3.00pm  – LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Local readers (including Ian Pryde, children’s literature specialist at Portobello Library and Joanne Baird Portobello Book Blog), talk about their most memorable reading from the time when reading was one of the few things we were actually allowed to do. 

Chair: Bill Jameson

PANDEMIC PORTOBELLO: BOOK LAUNCH

8.00-9.30pm – LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS

Due to covid restrictions, this event is for contributors to the publication only.

This evening of words and music celebrates local writing and launches the Festival’s publication Pandemic Portobello. Portobello actor Cal MacAninch will read a selection of stories from this unique collection and the event will be hosted by David Francis.

Free copies of the book will be available from Portobello Library.

This event will be online: details will be available via the library and website nearer the time.

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