Glasgow’s Outskirts Festival is back for its second year in Platform, Easterhouse, and I am joining them. Outskirts celebrates art that crosses boundaries, blurs the lines between disciplines and salutes those artists who thrive on the edges, and got huge praise from all and sundry for their inaugural show last year.

This time round I’ll be reading some poems, and later in the evening putting my conversational skills to work as host/interrogator for journalist, novelist and comedian Rob Newman. Rob is a really talented writer and an ardent ecologist (which we love), he’ll be talking about his new book The Trade Secret, published by our friends at Cargo, and I’ll be posing him the tough questions, like “what is the secret of the trade”.

If that weren’t enough, the day-long festival features music from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Crying Lion and Frist Frugt, performances from Sonata for a Man and a Boy, Xana Marwick – You Suffer but Why, plus some excellent installations and exhibitions that will give you pause then blow your mind. See you there.

What: Platform presents: Outskirts Festival 2013

When: Saturday 20 April, 3.30pm-10pm. There’s a bus from Mono Café to Platform at 2.30, and one back at 10, for a pleasant £4 round trip. (I’m on about 6.45 and in conversation with Rob about 8pm)

Where: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW. Platform has a handy guide on how to get there.

How Much: £15 / £12.50 LOCAL LINKS – Ticket with food
£10/ £7.50  LOCAL LINKS
Under 12s Free without food
Recommended for the whole family.

I’m really excited to be part of this, and it would be mega cool to see you there.