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An Evening with Bella Caledonia

radicalbookfairCome browse the best bookshop in Scotland and enjoy an Evening with Bella Caledonia …

Saturday 25 October –  18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair 2014, at Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, People’s Republic of Leith

8 pm – Mike Small showcases the best of the new indy media of the past few years in a multimedia talk and points the way to changing the way we access, share and create information about power.

What’s wrong with our media and what are we going to do about it? 

9 pm – Jim Monaghan is a performance poet and political activist based in Glasgow.  A veteran of the Scottish poetry scene, he has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2013 Festival of Politics poetry prize at the Edinburgh Festival.  Jim is one of a few poets who doesn’t write or publish his poems.  The only way to catch his work is to see it live.

9.30 pm – Music from Johnny Gailey 

Johnny was born in Belfast but has lived in Scotland for nearly twenty years, from Aberdeen to Dumbiedykes, from the Isle of Skye to Leith. He works as an artist, educator, photographer, organiser and writer and tweets on visual culture @johnnygailey and on growing, land and Scotland @thewarmshoots.  He also co-runs and DJ’s at the monthly Wiff Waff table tennis event at Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

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    1. David McGill says:

      One of the best events of the year in Edinburgh (Leith) By the way Magi, Cat Boyd and Leslie Riddoch were on tonight.

      1. Magi Gibson says:

        I agree, David. The Book Fair’s fantastic. I was only pointing out that this particular Bellacaledonia evening features no women. I think Bellacaledonia understands exactly why I posed the question.

        1. bellacaledonia says:

          I do understand, we’re sorry this has happened, we avoid this at all costs whenever we can and we are committed to 50:50 representation whenever possible.

    2. bellacaledonia says:

      Yes apologies for that – very unusual for us – we’re competing with a big gig at the Bongo Cub with Kate Tempest.

      Bella’s Kathleen Jamie is talking on the Sunday, see here:


      1. Magi Gibson says:

        Thanks for responding. I’m glad it’s unusual for you. I know that getting line-ups together can be difficult, but do feel I should point out to organisers when I notice imbalances. Let’s face it, women are 50%+ of the population, it’s important we all try to make sure their voices are heard too. Have a great night!

  1. notthehero says:

    Will this event be open to under 16s if I want to bring my teenaged kids along?

    1. bellacaledonia says:


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