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Scotlandsfest 2019: 'Whaur extremes meet' - the Scottish psyche in verse

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

Poets/editors Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone discuss the Scotia Extremis project, and the fascinating process of choosing and pairing dualities 'from the extremes of Scotland's psyche'. They commissioned poets from all around Scotland to write on pairings such as Laphroaig and Buckfast; Oor Wullie and Black Bob; Cullen Skink and Irn-Bru; Sawney Bean and Bible John; Jimmy Shand and Jack Bruce.

ANDY JACKSON was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017. His two poetry collections The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner's Guide to Cheating (2015) were both published by Red Squirrel Press, and he has curated and edited several poetry anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014).

BRIAN JOHNSTONE is a poet, writer and performer. He has published six collections, most recently Juke Box Jeopardy (2018) and Dry Stone Work (2014), and his memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, he was literary events organiser for over 20 years, co-founding Edinburgh's Shore Poets and curating Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the 1990s.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.

Earlier Event: 20 August
EIBF 2019: All Hail Holyrood
Later Event: 21 August
EIBF 2019: Quest for happiness