EVER DUNDAS + GAVIN INGLIS + NEIL CHUE HONG: Listen Softly, February

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Golden Hare Books

68 Saint Stephen Street

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EH3 5AQ

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LISTEN SOFTLY has arrived in Edinburgh! You may remember us from our one-off spoken word Fringe shows in recent years, but we're happy to be joining the lovely scene as a more permanent institution. Come along to our very first monthly night and welcome us to the neighbourhood! Our theme this month is WEIRD FICTION, and we've got all sorts of treats in store for you:


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EVER DUNDAS is the author of Goblin, published by Saraband Press. Winner of the 2017 Saltire First Book Award, Goblin is a historical novel like no other. Ever is an amazing writer and speaker; she's an advocate for disability rights and inclusion, AND she's an extremely stylish human.

(author photo above by Chris Scott)


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GAVIN INGLIS is an Edinburgh legend: his book of short stories, Crap Ghosts, is published by Skeleton Press and is now in its second apparition. Gavin is also the author of Instant Books Award winning novel Mirror Window, and writes hypertext and games, including Zombies, Run! with Naomi Alderman, and Hana Feels, a game about anxiety and mental health.


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NEIL CHUE HONG is an up-and-coming Edinburgh author and a name to watch. A member of the Golden Hare Writers group, Neil writes micro fiction that often blurs the boundaries between genres: sci fi, speculative, horror, gothic, and more.


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OPEN MIC! We'll have THREE open mic slots up for grabs on the night. Come along, put your name in the hat, and YOU might get to read on this amazing line up, too! NB: open mic slots are limited to five minutes per writer! Please help us maintain the Listen space by sticking to this :)


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If you buy any book from Golden Hare Books on the night, you'll receive A FREE BOOK from Listen Softly Press! Buy a book, get a book free!


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Join us from 6.30pm. The event is FREE to enter!


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LISTEN SOFTLY was founded in 2013 by poet and writer Dominic Stevenson. Dominic found it difficult to feel 'at home' at many of the performance nights in London, where the emphasis was on memorised material and 'slick' delivery. He decided to create a space where performers who may face barriers to getting onstage would a) feel welcome b) be able to express themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable and c) would get chance to read alongside established names. Listen Softly has featured artists such as Sara Hirsch, Rob Auton, Fran Lock, Rosie Garland, Aki Schilz, and many more.

More recently, Scottish writers Claire Askew and Stella Hervey Birrell have joined the Listen Softly team.

Listen Softly is specifically designed to be a platform where it's okay to ad-lib, pause, read from your notebook, speak quietly, use reading aids, tic, stutter, stammer, forget your words, go off script and generally perform in whatever way makes you comfortable.

Though Listen came to the Fringe in 2017 and 2018, we're hoping to get established as a regular night that provides the sort of performance space that's still hard to find in Edinburgh. Golden Hare Books is our lovely venue: as committed to creating a quiet, safe and welcoming space as we are.


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NB: Golden Hare Books has four steps leading to the entrance. We apologise for the fact that we have not yet found a fully accessible venue, and we are working on this.


The venue has a level access gender neutral bathroom. There is a separate, quiet back room for anyone who may need a break-out space during the event.


Please note that Listen Softly is an intersectional event that aims to provide a safe space for everyone. Transphobia, homophobia, racism, ableism, and any other form of hate speech or derogatory behaviour will not be tolerated, either from performers or from attendees. We reserve the right to ask anyone who jeopardises our safe space to leave.


If you're reading during our open mic, please check your work for potential triggers ahead of time, and if you think your work may contain triggering content, we'd ask that you give a brief warning to the audience before you begin to read.


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