Join us for an in-person event, ScotLitFest LIVE, on Saturday 22nd July at 7pm to celebrate the on-going virtual literary festival over on scotlitfest.scot. A number of stellar contributors to ScotLitFest, including Annie George, Mark Leggatt, Rachel McCrum and Nadine Aisha Jassat will be performing, hosted by Flint & Pitch's very own magnificent Jenny Lindsay.
Though a virtual festival, we're looking to bring performances to those local to where the Saltire Society is based and we will be streaming the event, in part, on Facebook Live (where technology allows!) for those around the world to enjoy.
Doors 6:30pm for 7pm start.
ScotLitFest is the Saltire Society's annual virtual literary festival which began in 2016 as part of their 80th anniversary celebrations and attracted millions of viewers across the weekend, spreading the word of Scottish literature in all its forms. ScotLitFest is supported by Creative Scotland and dotscot.
More on the line up:
Annie George is an award-winning writer, theatremaker and occasional filmmaker, based in Edinburgh.
Her solo show HOME IS NOT THE PLACE will be performed at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Fringe 18-27 August 2017, 1pm. Annie was recently awarded the Inspiring Scotland Bursary by the Saltire Society and Scottish Book Trust, and is currently working on the development of Lost in Music by Magnetic North, through the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Assistant Director Bursary scheme.
Mark Leggatt was born in Lochee, Dundee and lives in Edinburgh. A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose. Leggatt is a member of the Crime Writers Association in the UK, and the International Thriller Writers in the USA.
Rachel McCrum has worked as a poet, performer and promoter in Edinburgh since 2012, arriving via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She is Broad of Rally & Broad, winner of the 2012 Callum Mcdonald Award and the 2015 Writer In Residence for CoastWord, Dunbar. She has performed and taught workshops in poetry and performance in Greece, South Africa, Haiti and around the UK. Her second pamphlet Do Not Alight Here Again was published in March 2015 by Stewed Rhubarb Press, and in August 2015, she wrote and performed her first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, as part of new spoken word collective SHIFT/. She was the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet In Residence in 2015. She is included in the e-book anthology of Poetry Ambassadors for National Poetry Day 2016, published by Macmillan. Her debut collection The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate is published by Freight Books.
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Nadine Aisha is the author of Still, a debut poetry pamphlet exploring women’s stories and women’s survival.
She is active in the movement to end gender-based violence, and works creatively with young people to educate and empower. She has blogged for a number of Scottish organisations about feminism and violence against women, and has worked with young people to create theatre exploring sexual violence. She has been published by the Dangerous Women Project, performed solo shows at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the social justice Just Festival, and is currently the writer in residence for YWCA Scotland’s #FeministFest 2016.
Born in the UK, Nadine Aisha is of mixed heritage and had a Zimbabwean-meets-Indian-meets-Yorkshire upbringing. Her favourite quote is from Angela Davis: ‘walls turned sideways are bridges’.