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this collection’s FREE March McEwan Hall showcase!

In film, poetry on March 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Explore Edinburgh as you’ve never seen it before – come to our FREE poetry-film showcase extravaganza in the magnificent McEwan Hall!

We all know Edinburgh is the greatest literary city in the world – a centre of vibrant culture and home to the biggest, brightest, loudest and coolest annual arts festival ever. But how well do you really know Edinburgh? this collection is a non-profit DIY project that aims to take a fresh look at life in the city… through the eyes of its talented writers and filmmakers.

Last year we started out with 100 poems – each of 100 words or less, and each inspired by a different Edinburgh postcode. All these poems were submitted by Edinburgh writers of all walks of life; from award-winners like Brian McCabe and Alan Gillis to students, school children and talented first-time poets. From there, we worked to pair our poets up with local filmmakers, to create a collection of collaborative snapshots inspired by life in Edinburgh. Filmmakers have also come from all works of life – this collection has received responses from well-known professionals, but we’ve also gathered a great crop by running free public-access workshops, in which budding first-timers were given the chance to make an entire short film from scratch in only a few hours. The results have been by turns funny, beautiful, moving and dark, and we’re so proud of this collection so far that we want to share it with the world!

So on 25th and 26th March we’ll be showcasing all the collaborations we’ve gathered so far, in a truly awe-inspiring setting – the University of Edinburgh’s magnificent McEwan Hall. Thusday 25th will see an all-day film exposition from 10am-5pm in the hall’s main space, with films projected on several screens and a free press table where visitors can gather more information about our artists and the project as a whole. On Friday 26th we’ll be holding an evening event with live sets from poets, screenings of our films, and the chance to further explore this collection within the amazing McEwan Hall. You’ll also be able to find out more about how YOU can get involved in one of our collaborations. The entire event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend – the Friday evening event will also include free refreshment for visitors.

So come along and see Edinburgh through the eyes of its artists: see, hear, be inspired, get involved!

this collection March McEwan Hall showcase: Thursday 25th March 10am – 5pm / Friday 26th March 7pm – 9pm . FREE, all welcome.

See some of the films we’ll be showing here.

Poets reading at on Friday 26th from 7-9pm include:
Tom Bristow
Christine de Luca
Hayley Shields
Russell Jones
Andrew C Fergusson
Morgan Downie
Anita John
Andrew Philip
Rob A Mackenzie
Aileen Ballantyne
Jane McKie
Chris Lindores
Mairi Sharratt
Juliet Wilson
McGuire
Claire Askew
& more TBC!

(Photo by mikefranklin)