The 2015 programme featured the Death on the Fringe Cabarets, two evenings of poetry, music and performance reflecting upon life, death and grief, featuring established local performers.

Thu 13 Aug  …   Death on the Fringe Cabaret (Sweet Grassmarket)   …  7.45 – 9.15pm

An evening of poetry, storytelling and music from local performers.

Andrew Philip has published two books of poetry with Salt Publishing — The Ambulance Box and The North End of the Possible — both of which are now, sadly, out of print. Many of the poems in The Ambulance Box, which was shortlisted for several awards, grew out of the death of his newborn son in 2005.

Lindsay Macgregor started writing poetry in 2008 at the Fife Maggie’s Centre. Since then, she has completed an MLitt in creative writing  at the University of Dundee and currently holds a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust. Her pamphlet, The Weepers, will be available from Calder Wood Press in Autumn 2015.

Rob A Mackenzie lives in Leith. His most recent poetry collection is ‘The Good News’ (Salt Publications, 2013). He is reviews editor for Magma Poetry magazine and has read his work at many events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the StAnza International Poetry Festival, St Andrews.

Tessa Berring, poet

Jen McGregor, director

Sarah Nichols, harpist

Tue 25 Aug … A Wild Night and A New Road: A Celebration of Dying (Sweet Grassmarket) … 7.45 – 9.15pm

Music and words to celebrate the last journey. Hosted by Mark Sheridan and Maria McGill, with Michael Russell, MSP, Norrie Bissell, poet, and Dave Francis, musician and poet.

Mark Sheridan is a composer and academic and has written a number of large scale works for traditional and classical musicians, including ‘The Curve of the Earth’ for Alasdair Fraser, an Opera ‘When they lay bare’ for Pat Kane, Horse MacDonald and Julie Fowlis and ‘Flight of the Arctic Tern’ for narrators and musicians.

Maria McGill is the CEO of Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland and a Trustee of the UK charity, Together for Short Lives. She is an advocate of open discussion on death and dying as well as a great believer that life is for living!

Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute, was until recently the Cabinet Minister for Education and Life Long Learning, He has and held other cabinet posts in Arts and Culture, Gaelic and the Environment. He is an author, photographer and filmmaker and his work includes, ‘Grasping the Thistle’, ‘The next big thing’ and seminal works on Werner Kissling, photographer. He has previously performed with Mark in ‘The Flight of the Arctic Tern.’

Norman Bissell is a poet based in Luing. His collection ‘Slate, Sea and Sky’ has just been reprinted by Luath Press. He led the creation and establishment of the very splendid ‘Atlantic Isles Centre’ in Cullipool.

David Francis and Mairi Campbell. Dave is a poet, an accomplished musician and writer – and is a member of ‘The Cast’ with Mairi. He is CEO of Traditional Music Forum and a director of ‘Distil’ and has run various courses and events over the years to promote the work of traditional musicians in Scotland.  Mairi is an influential Scottish musician whose songs and soundings reflect Scotland’s dynamic energy. In recent years, Mairi has been awarded ‘Scots Singer of The Year’ and ‘Tutor of The Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. She has also won the Live Ireland Music Award for ‘Best Female Musician of the Year’, as well as the award for ‘Best Composition of the Year’.

Sweet LogoWe are grateful to our friends at Sweet Venues for providing a venue for the evenings.

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