That’s What She Said at Edinburgh Fringe 2018

‘The biggest spoken word night in London for women’ (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows at the iconic Scottish Poetry Library. After being shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (Saboteur Awards 2017), a sell-out run at last year’s Fringe and shows at the Royal Albert Hall, we’re heading back to Fringe from 16th-18th August 2018 with an incredible revolving line-up of slam, storytelling, poetry and performance from the most exciting women writers around.

THURSDAY 16th August 2018


JENNY LINDSAY: One of Scotland’s best known spoken word performers. BBC Slam Champion, author of one full collection and two pamphlets of poetry. Solo show This Script, appears for five nights at this year’s Fringe and has been described as “one of this year’s most necessary spoken word performances” by The Wee Review. “Defiant, eloquent, inspiring.” (The Scotsman)

ROSIE GARLAND: Awardwinning ‘literary hero’ (The Skinny) Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer. Author of novels The Night Brother, Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities, and six solo poetry collections. “One of the country’s finest performance poets” (Apples & Snakes).

CLAIRE ASKEW: Poet, performer and novelist. Debut novel All the Hidden Truths forthcoming from Hodder in August 2018, winner of the Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction. Poetry collection This Changes Things published by Bloodaxe Books. Writer-in-residence at University of Edinburgh.

AFSHAN D’SOUZA LODHI: Plays, prose and performance pieces. Residencies at Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Literature Festival. Debut collection On Desire published July 2018 by Burning Eye Books.

⚡ Open mic from EMMY FYLES, CHLOE GREEN and more

Friday 17th August 2018


SALENA GODDEN: Iconic author and performer, author of literary memoir Springfield Road, poetry collection Pessimism is for Lightweights, and Shade, featured in renowned essay collection The Good Immigrant. Creator of Mrs Death Misses Death, a new book and live show featuring poetry, fiction and music, and the subject of a forthcoming BBC documentary. “Everything the Daily Mail is terrified of” (Kerrang).

IONA LEE: Poet, artist and performer. Scottish Slam Champion. Iona has performed at the Edinburgh Book Festival, StAnza and Glastonbury, appeared on BBC Loop and BBC the Social, and been published in numerous anthologies.

Saturday 18th August 2018


LEYLA JOSEPHINE: Drama teacher, theatre maker and poet based in Glasgow. Former winner of the UK National Poetry Slam and Rally & Broad’s Cultural Commonwealth Slam, ‘The Golden Gun’ at Bang Said The Gun in London, Loud Poets’ Grand Slam and finalist for The Roundhouse Slam. Currently touring her 5-star, award-nominated Edinburgh Fringe show Hopeless.

VICTORIA MCNULTY: Spoken word artist, Sonnet Youth Champion and author of Confessionals, ‘the dizzying, blood-letting debut collection’ (State of the Arts) published by Speculative Books.

EMMA MCGORDON: Award-winning poet, performer and community artist. Recipient of two Arts Council England Awards, The Norman Nicholson Award for Poetry, and a Northern Writers Award ( young writer of the year 2002). Longlisted for Best Spoken Word Performer in the UK (Saboteur Awards 2018)

⚡ Open mic from SIOBHAN SHIELDS and more

Plus loads more on every night!

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