Artists & Performers
We are honoured to be able to bring you some of the best established performers alongside some amazing emerging talent, both local and from further afield
An award winning British/Iranian filmaker, artist, singer, writer and performer.
She has created work for BBC World, BBC 2, BBC Persian, Al Jazeera English, MTV World, Amnesty International, British Council, Commonwealth Games and Literature Without Borders to name but a few.
Inspiring musician, performer, teacher and musical director
Karen has been Musical/Artistic Director of Loud & Proud, Scotland’s LGBT choir, since it was formed in 2005, and leads community choirs in Dunbar and North Berwick. She leads one-off and weekend workshops, and her work with groups includes Edinburgh’s Wildfire women’s choir, Birnam’s Just Singin’, Turtle Dove Singing Camps, Folk Camps Society, Citizens Advice Bureau (Yes, really!), and East Lothian Council employees lunch hour choir.
Innovative Scottish singer and songmaker
Kirsty draws on Scots musical traditions whilst collaborating with artists of different mediums. Her latest album project Young Night Thought is an audiovisual exploration of the 'inner child' concept through folklore song and film.
One of Scotland’s best known spoken word performers
Jenny has performed across the UK and further afield at a variety of festivals and events including Latitude, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. She is the author of one full collection and two pamphlet collections of poetry, as well as the director of Flint and Pitch Productions, which has just been placed in The List’s Hot 100 for 2017.
Janice's first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. Her most recent publication, All Made Up, won Scottish Book of the Year 2012.
The Writing Mums is a collective of mothers and grandmothers who have been writing together for almost five years. They have had their work collected in an anthology and have performed their work at The Edinburgh Fringe, The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Book Week Scotland and at the last four CoastWord Festivals.