Finally, Edinburgh is Ready for…

July 31, 2009

The Naughty Boys!

August 4th

The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh



The Forest is Licensced for August. Come drink with the boys!


Once a year the elusive and enigmatic Naughty Boys get together for a session of live, improvised, performance. Poems vs computers vs drums vs salvaged keyboards and whatever else we can find.

You will come.


* Dan Seizure on keys and computer loop.
* Peter Perfido on drums.
* Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises.
* Ryan Van Winkle — Spoken Words



HOT Golden Hour Summer Line-up!!

June 14, 2009

goldhourjuneWe’ve got AMAZING Golden Hours planned for June and July with a spectacular August Extravaganza. There will be reading, drinking and dancing! Have a look. You will not call me a liar.

What: The Golden Hour
Where: The Forest – 3 Bristo Place
When: June 17, July 22nd, august 19th; 8pm
How Much: Free
Booze: BYOB (please pay corkage)

June 17th

Emily Ballou: The good poet launches her new book The Darwin Poems.


Lauren Pope: Poems. Sass. More Poems.

Dave Coates & Fiona Morrison releasing new chapbooks.

St. Jude’s Infirmary – a rare acoustic set. A deep treat for the ears.

Sarah J Tingle: little songs on a little guitar.

White Heath: a blend of space-rock and tribal noise


Visual Rubbish:

More Cartoons from Mr. Dan Meth

July 22nd

Kei Miller – An excellent reader of depth whose book, There is an Anger That Moves, is one moving collection. (recomended reading for Homecoming Scotland)

Niki Andrikopoulou  – All the way from Greece with fine new words.

Russell Jones releasing his  new Chapbook of sci-fi poems.


Gary Stewart – upbeat folk-music is relaxed, unpretentious and well-played.


Half Sisters – joyus songs to fall in love with.


Meursault – starry-eyed electronica with cotton-picking wreaths of banjo plucks and ukulele strums.


Visual Rubbish:

More Cartoons from Mr. Dan Meth

the-paper-cinema-kora-weekendAugust 19th — The Festival Special

Readers / Writers:

Jen Hadfield – a remarkably original and inventive poet who recently won the TS Eliot prize.

Ryan Van Winkle – poems & stories from the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Nick Holdstock – short stories which grow inside you like golden crocuses.

Ericka Duffy – hot new prose from her hot new chapbook called The Succubus!

Benjamin Morris – Poetry and life lessons from the number one gentleman.

Jason Morton – stories that can eat bricks.


Jane Flett – seamstress of most fetching stories.

Music / Song Writers:

Billy Liar – Acoustic + infectious punk.

Jed Milroy – singer songwriter and hunter finally back from the Woods.

Withered Hand – intense, eccentric, bittersweet and very wry original songs.


Jonny Berliner – Joyus songs about crustacaens, exhaustion, and gluecose.


The Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

Visual Amazement:

Paper Cinema and Kora

A cast of hand-drawn marionettes are magically brought to life. This is what happens at the accidental meeting of inkblots, photocopies, cardboard, angle-poise lamps, the occasional table, video technology, a laptop and a banana box.

Scottish Poetry Library at The Meadows Fest

June 4, 2009


Between The Forest / Police Box Stage and The Beer Tent we’ll have a Scottish Poetry Library Stall along with workshop space, a ‘zine stall and loads of brilliant live music from The Forest / Police Box Stage.

We’ve got two exciting poetic adventures for you to experience:

From 2pm on Saturday we’ve got a Poetry Postcard & Poster Making workshop.

* We’ll provide the words (a la magnetic poetry) and help you screen print your own original poetry poster or post card. Our Screen Printing Expert will be on hand to help you make everything look beautiful.


If you don’t feel like making your own poem some friends and I will be hanging out with copies of our favourite poems to pass on along with other free goodies. The people (and poems) will change so come early and come often.

Details of bands and DJs

Saturday 6th:

Noon – The Tuberians – a mystical journey of sound exploration from the undiscovered land of Tuberia.

12.45 – Hailey Beavis & The Byrons – a double threat of dazzling songwriting, punk fury and experimental pop.

1.45 – Ruby and The Emeralds – wrap your entire being within a cosmic layer of sassy mayhem.

2.30 – The Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

3.15 – Meursault – starry-eyed electronica with cotton-picking wreaths of banjo plucks and ukulele strums.

4.15 – William Douglas and the Wheel – Punk Gospel with a twist of Rock ‘n’ Roll splendour.

5pm – Darkness – The Exploading DJ with bells, whistles, and Special Guests!

The Meadows Festival --- See You There

The Meadows Festival --- See You There!

Sunday 7th:

Noon – Chandra + The Forest Chior – The freelance folk adventurer starts the day with the blazing, amazing Forest Chior!

1pm – White Heath – a blend of space-rock and tribal noise.

2pm – Jesus H. Foxx – both modest and wrong.

3pm – FoxGang – wickedly satirical lyrics with an irresistible party vibe, that’ll flash to mid-July with only a tinge of sangria-soaked regret.

4pm – Punch and the Apostles – Wild, frenetic, yet underpinned by a probing sense of existential doubt.

5pm – Exhaustion – Jiggery Fuckery – Sun-soaked lashings of DJ juice!

THE GOLDEN HOUR — March 18th 2009. 8pm. Free.

March 12, 2009


This month’s Golden Hour is proud to feature a selection of the the most exquisite musicians and the finest verbal alchemists.


Robin Grey avec ukelele

WHEN: Wednesday March 18th, 8pm
ALCOHOL: BYOB, but pay your corkage

Rosie Etherington – Prose and poetry from beyond the fold.

Lawrie Clapton – A savage youth, a beautiful new voice, a ruiner of many fine parties.

Robin J. Thompson – Killer on the Road.

Ericka Duffy – releasing her new chapbook, The Succubus!

Billy Liar – Acoustic infectious punk. Billy Liar back on his home turf! Lucky us.

Robin Grey – He colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys, and any other instruments he can afford.

John Langan —  Insanely enjoyable, charismatic and eclectic   singer-songwriter whose style is rooted in traditional Celtic music. A joyful and relentless spectacle.

New Chapbook from Forest Publications

February 17, 2009


Now available for the £2 is the fine short story The Wolves by David Gow, the first in a series of chapbooks printed by Forest Publications.

Here’s a small sample of what you can expect:

“Arch couldn’t rest.

There was a wolf on the mountain that took his grouse and killed his deer and sometimes came down murderously amongst his farmer’s sheep. It was not a real wolf but an animal descended from the dogs  he’d turned out to die or go feral, so it was no mystery why it knew and despised him especially. He felt it was the opposite of a dog now, its attitude towards him something like the opposite of loyalty. At night he heard it howling through the wind while the rest of the valley slept. He’d lie there and tell himself he was lucky that all his torment was bound up in one living creature. How many could say that, and then set out in the morning with a gun to kill their troubles?”

Want to read more? Buy the book.

Product details

  • Pamphlet: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Publications (18 Feb 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 095564562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955645624
  • Available: The Forest, Word Power Books &