‘Happily Never After’ at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Once upon a time there was a family of storytellers and spoken word performers who lived in a magical mirrored tent. One day, an audience descended on this peaceful, boozy home and demanded to be entertained.

They tried poetry, but it was a little too sweet. They tried short stories but found them a little salty. Then, they tried Jura Unbound, featuring Illicit Ink, it was just right.

We’ve gathered the finest spoken word and storytelling talents we could find and they promise to delight you with the mischievous, comedic and twisted fairytales you’ve been waiting for.

‘Happily Never After’ takes place at the Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square Gardens on Wednesday 25th August from 9-11pm. The show is part of Jura Unbound’s series of free evening events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Talents include Rob Shearman, Emma Hooper, Keith Gray, Emily Dodd, Tom Moore, Halsted M. Bernard, Sian Bevan, Pab Roberts, Ricky Brown and Nerd Bait.


‘The Sex Show’ at the Bongo Club

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even spoken word performers do it. Illicit Ink presents its steamiest show yet, with a sexy cabaret that promises to uncover your deepest desires, or at least read some poetry at you. Featuring the depraved talents of Kaite Welsh, CN Lester, Kirstin Innes, Alan Bissett, Kirsty Logan and Claire Askew Illicit Ink’s Sex Show is not to be missed.

Join Illicit Ink at the Bongo Club on May 3rd from 8pm. Tickets £5/£3.

Royal Observatory show: ‘Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars’


It’s 1975 and the Apollo programme – the golden age of space travel – is coming to an end. Tara Beckett is boarding Apollo 21, a dream come true. But soon after reaching orbit, the mission is thrown into jeopardy. Lost, alone, and running out of air, will she make it back to Earth or is she destined to wander between worlds forever? Performed by an ensemble cast, Illicit Ink Skyground explores the beauty, hostility and wonder of the cosmos through touching, funny and scientific storytelling.

Presented by Illicit Ink and the Royal Observatory  on Wednesday 15th April at 7pm. Tickets must be booked in advance via the Edinburgh International Science Festival Website.