25 June - Friday
Mystery Guest: Frank Quitely
We are pleased to announce our mystery guest is Scottish comic book artist Frank Quitely. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with Grant Morrison on titles such as New X-Men, WE3, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin, as well as his work with Mark Millar on The Authority. Former editor of 2000 AD, author and screenwriter David Bishop, will chair.
Peter Bell Books
Scott-land and Collective Nouns
Author and literary editor, Stuart Kelly, is a closet fan of collective nouns, those brilliant and brain-bending terms that allow us to junk a dullard ‘group’ or ‘flock’ for many more interesting and apt alternatives. Author of upcoming *Scott-land* (Birlinn), which he’ll expound upon in the first half of this event, and veteran of West Port ‘09 with his wonderful *Book of Lost Books*, Stuart’s event will appeal to those who appreciate the linguistic greatness of a murder of crows, or the disparity between Sir Walter Scott’s influence and his status. Separated by a cake-cophony of cakes, this will appeal to everyone who enjoys a wonderment of words.
We now have a podcast of the Collective Nouns part of this event.
Owl & Lion Gallery
Between the Lines
Leonard McDermid has enjoyed over seventy years of looking at things and over fifty of commenting on them as an artist. In 1990 he founded The Stichill Marigold Press, mainly as a vehicle for his own creations but also as a memorial for letterpress printing, which was fast disappearing after a remarkable history of over 500 years. This a unique chance for a lucky few to join Leonard as he shares his immense joy and satisfaction in taking a concept through to a finished product.
Owl & Lion Gallery
Book Repair Workshop
Orlene McIlfatrick from Edinburgh Books invites you to round up your ancient, bruised and battered books to be patched-up with tender loving care and slightly more practical materials. Leather books with loose boards and torn spines are particularly welcome.
St Marks ArtSpace
This event brings together Screen Bandita, a collective with a passion for giving abandoned film a new lease of life, artist Izzy Bocchetti, Oxford-based performance poet Jay Bernard, and Irish author and playwright Mia Gallagher. Expect an optical and aural extravaganza that will blur the boundaries between experimental and documentary themes. Fast-paced, edgy and unexpected, this event will show what happens when you get a whole spool of creativity, past and present, and thread it all together. We can’t wait!
We’re also pleased to announce that musician Vroni Holzmann will be serenading, entertaining and enthralling us during this event.