Thursday 5 June 2014

'Saltire Speakeasy' Fringe Event

Saltire Speakeasy

We want to take full advantage of our newly renovated, centrally located Headquarters by using it to present the finest writers, poets and musicians from Scotland and internationally in our first exciting Fringe Programme. 

The programme includes two shows per evening from the 4th until 7th August (inclusive).

  • 5.00pm - 6:15pm
  • 7.00pm - 8:15pm

The Timetable for the programme is as follows:

  • Monday 4th Aug - Malika Booker & Dorothea Smartt
  • Monday & Tuesday's music will be provided by Innes White
  • Tuesday 5th Aug -  Dorothea Smartt & Alan Bissett
  • Wednesday 6th Aug - Dave Hook (Stanley Odd) & Sasenarine Persaud
  • Wednesday & Thursday's music will be provided by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Adam Hunter & Kara Swinney
  • Thursday 7th Aug - Tim Armstrong (chaired by Mark Wringe) & Jenny Lindsay


 Malika Booker  is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, whose work spans literature, education and cross-arts. Malika was born in the UK but spent the first 13 years of her life in Guyana before returning to the UK. She is currently a writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.


Dorothea Smartt is a literary activist, live artist, and an established and respected poet with an international reputation. A 'Brit-born Bajan international’, her work typically bridges the islands of Britain and Barbados, effortlessly shuttling between local and global scenes.


Alan Bissett is an author and playwright from Falkirk. After the publication of his first two novels he became known for his different take on Scots dialect writing, evolving a style specific to Falkirk, suffused with popular culture references and socialist politics. 


Dave Hook is the frontman of Scottish Hip-Hop band, Stanley Odd. He is known for his brilliantly eloquent, densely patterned yet unerringly incisive wordcraft. His mix of searing anger, subversive humour, sharp-eyed observation and stubborn optimism often targets current social/political issues, skewering topics.


Sasenarine Persaud is an essayist, novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is the author of twelve books: nine poetry collections, two novels, and a book of short stories. He was born in Guyana and has lived for several years in Canada.Sasenarine has pioneered Yogic Realism a term he originated to describe his literary aesthetics.


Tim Armstrong is originally from Seattle but he has been living in Scotland for more than a decade.  He was a founding member of the groundbreaking Scottish-Gaelic punk band, Mill a h-Uile Rud. He won last year's Saltire First Book of the Year Award for his gaelic science-fiction novel, Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach. Tim will be in conversation with Prof. Mark Wringe, a Senior Lecturer at Sabhal Mor Ostaig specialising in Gaelic poetry.


Jenny Lindsay is an Edinburgh local and regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She is the 'Rally' half of the literary-cabaret duo Rally & Broad and dedicates as much time to building a scene for live literature as she does to her own writing and performances.


Innes White is an accomplished guitarist, mandolin player, pianist, singer, composer and teaching musician. Last year Innes won the Saltire International Travel Bursary for Music.


Adam Hunter & Kara Swinney are a music duo from Glasgow. They are part of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Adam playing guitar and vocals and Kara on vocals.






Monday 4th

Tuesday 5th

Wednesday 6th

Thursday 7th



Malika Booker

Dorothea Smartt

Dave Hook

Tim  Armstrong



Innes White

Innes White

Kara & Adam

Kara & Adam



Dorothea Smartt

Alan Bissett

Sasenarine Persaud

Jenny Lindsay


Tickets: £6 members, £8 non-members

Price includes a glass of wine/juice upon arrival.

Book your tickets HERE. Please 'Add Note to Seller' stating the date and show time in which you would like to attend when purchasing tickets. 



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