Penned in Edinburgh: What to expect and where to be

Blog | Published on July 18, 2018

The Edinburgh Festivals are nearly upon us. From drum solos to cartography, astonishing British theatres to skuzzy indie venues, here is the lowdown on what to expect from Penned in the Margins in Edinburgh this summer.


Antosh Wojcik’s ‘drum solo for dementia’ at Summerhall


It’s been 7 years since we last produced a show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2011’s Kalagora) and we couldn’t be prouder to be presenting a debut work for theatre by poet Antosh Wojcik at Edinburgh’s most inventive arts venue; Summerhall.

How to Keep Time is a moving, unmissable display of live drumming and spoken word. Using only his voice and an electric drum kit, Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia through the story of his Polish grandfather. Antosh’s personal narrative will take you on a mesmerising journey, with the aim of fracturing the stigma surrounding dementia.

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia is performed 10.15am at Summerhall 1-26 August (except 13, 20). Book now at the Summerhall website or at



Edinburgh launch of Twenty Theatres to See Before you Die


“Edinburgh. If you can live inside theatre, this is where the idea becomes manifest.”


Nothing could be more fitting than holding an event celebrating British theatre in Edinburgh in August, especially as the city’s own multi-arts venue Summerhall is one of the twenty theatres that feature in Amber Massie-Blomfield’s brilliant debut book.

Come and join us for a drink at Golden Hare Books on Wednesday 8 of August (6.30-8pm) for an evening of readings, taking you from the tip of Cornwall to the far stretches of the Isle of Mull, followed by discussion on the value of theatre with critic and journalist Matt Trueman.

Find more information here.



J.R Carpenter appearing at the Book Festival


Author of An Ocean of Static, J.R Carpenter, will feature in two exciting talks at Edinburgh International Book Festival about our relationship with the water surrounding us.

Mother Sea on 23 August looks at the sea as a sublime place, full of wonder and mystery that has inspired so much beautifully immersive prose, including that of Kathleen Jamie and Tania Kovats who are also featuring at the event.

Polar Explorations on 25 August explores the traverse of humans and animals across the Arctic Ocean through a discussion of J.R’s poetry formed from ship logs, cartography and maritime vernacular and Alicia Kopf’s hybrid novel Brother in Ice.



Luke Wright, Poet Laureate?


The campaign to make Luke Wright the new Poet Laureate starts here as he brings his unique mix of poetry and stand-up to the Free Fringe. Snap up your tickets here.


As well as this, if you missed Luke’s hard-hitting verse play Frankie Vah the first time round then don’t fret! It’s back in Edinburgh on 18 August at the Book Festival’s Spiegeltent.

Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache. Get your tickets while you can.

Recent posts

Return to the Blog

Connect with us

Thank you for subscribing to our email newsletter, Marginal Notes
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.