Figures of Speech: Music


Fri May 20 2022 at 07:30 pm to 08:45 pm


Scottish Storytelling Centre | Edinburgh, SC

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics.
Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature.
All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event.
Figures of Speech: Music
This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature.
Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music.
This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together.
Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music.

Where is it happening?

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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