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What I Learned From Johnny Bevan Press


What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is probably my best reviewed Fringe show ever. ★★★★★ Exeunt Magazine – “It says so much about idealism and youth and maturity and compromise – and love” ★★★★★ The Skinny – “Performed in verse that bounds and soars effortlessly … compelling and relatable” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby – “writing that not only captures you in the theatre…

A Poetry Battle


I first saw Ross Sutherland and Roddy Lumsden attempt this at Homework. The poets bring all their stuff on stage with them, armed with as many collections as they have. The first poet choses a poem, performs/reads it and the other poet has to respond to that in some way. Yes, you get a bit of shoe-horning (“He mentioned a…

Edinburgh Report #7


As Week One draws to a close I thought I’d recap the responses my shows have been getting. WHAT I LEARNED FROM JOHNNY BEVAN “What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a fantastic debut from a rare poetic talent. At times it feels like a film put to verse. It is a strong and personal story told by an original and absorbing…

Edinburgh Report #6


We are a full week in! The Edinburgh Fringe runs for three and bit weeks. There’s what they call Week Zero, which is the first few previews and the first weekend. Then Week One, which started on Monday. We’re half way through that now.  Week Zero is knuckle down time. The drinking is fairly controlled as shows are run in.…

Edinburgh Report # 5


I wrIte these blogs in the morning, which is perhaps why I have focused on the more business end of things of late. Come the morning I’m worrying about reviews, checking the sales reports and generally despairing of my lot, but today I wanted to talk about the feeling I get after the shows. Before Johnny Bevan yesterday our projector…

Edinburgh Report #4


I love getting a review. Another human being sitting down to critically engage with the piece of work I’ve made – what’s not to like? It’s the ultimate kind of ego stroke, of course I like it. But that doesn’t mean I have liked all my reviews.  There was that one where they described what I did as “a sort…

Edinburgh Report #3


Numbers. It’s all about the numbers. As a poet I am no stranger to small audiences. It’s an acquired habit, right? Only for the incredibly intelligent with excellent taste.  These days on tour I play to pretty good houses in most places. There are still a few rooms that feel more cavernous than they rightly should but things are beginning…

Edinburgh Report #2


There is only 25 mins between What I Learned From Johnny Bevan finishing and Stay-at-Home Dandy beginning. The walk between venues takes 15 minutes, even with my long shanks. Is this the stupidest Edinburgh schedule yet?  When the gigs were booked I checked it on Google Maps and realised it was possible and then thought no more about it. But…