Media Release: Leading Scottish poets raise money for Africa

Poetry in the Persian Tent

SCOTLAND’S Makar (national poet), Liz Lochhead, along with Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, John Glenday, Aonghas MacNeacail and Stewart Conn will be performing at the prestigious Poetry in the Persian Tent reading series at The Festival of Spirituality and Peace this week.

The series of events from 22 – 26 August will raise money for farming development in Africa. The headliners will be joined by other familiar faces from the Scottish poetry scene and by top quality musical interludes.

The M.C. will be impresario. Stephanie Green.

Proceeds from these hour-long daily poetry and music events will benefit the Old MacDonald Had a Farm in Africa Project, devised by Liz Lochhead and Jim Carruth in association with the global charity, Oxfam.

These high-profile readings take place 11am to 12pm each Wednesday.

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, now in its twelfth year, features 400 events across 21 venues throughout August. It is the only Edinburgh festival to make charity fundraising a core part of what it does, attracting some 25,000 attendees.


Wednesday 22 August, 11am:
Liz Lochhead, John Glenday, Stephanie Green and Ryan Van Winkle
Music from John Sampson

Thursday 23 August, 11am:
Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, William Letford and Helen Mort
Music from Lise Sinclair

Friday 24 August, 11am:
Vicki Feaver, Jane McKie and Patricia Ace
Music from Irene Railley’s Just Voices

Saturday 25 August, 11am:
Aonghas MacNeacail, Niall Campbell and Jim Carruth
Music from Patsy Seddon

Sunday 26th August, 11am:
Stewart Conn, Eunice Buchanan and Mandy Haggith
Music from Carole Clarke


£10 tickets (£8 concessions) are available through the Hub box office from their website. Email, telephone 0131 473 2000 or in person from The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE.

Tickets will available on the door but reservations are recommended due to limited seating.


Stephanie Green’s event site.

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