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Linnaean Limbo: The Dinosaurs That Never Were

In a storytelling show blending theatre, palaeontology and the history of science, Linnaean Limbo takes a look at the dinosaurs that never really were. Illicit Ink have mustered the very best writer-performers and science communicators to make up a cast of very special guests, including author Emily Dodd. Together they’ll celebrate how science constantly revises and updates itself…by passing the mic to the discoveries that have become defunct as a result!

The event takes place on Monday 4th April 2016 at Summerhall. Tickets are £8.50 (£6.50), available from the Edinburgh International Science Festival website.


NFFD – Edinburgh Event: submissions open

National Flash Fiction Day 2013 – Sub­­missions

Blind Poetics, Illicit Ink, Inky Fingers and Writers’ Bloc have come together to celebrate the UK’s second National Flash Fiction Day. The Scottish event will take place on Saturday 22nd June 2013 in Edinburgh. You could be part of the lineup.

What is flash fiction?

Flash fiction is simply a very short story; prose fiction. The best examples have all of the elements of a traditional short story, but with a tight focus and a precision of expression that gets their point across in a compact but powerful way. Here’re some examples:

· Three Soldiers by Bruce Holland Rogers
· Mr. Ted by Ashley Arnold
· The Kissing Booth by Katie Williams.

There is no set formula for a great piece of flash fiction. The most important thing is a strong idea, delivered in a vivid piece of writing.,

How can I take part?

This event will follow the same format as last year’s Underword event, featuring a range of stories read from the stage by their authors. Most will be under 500 words but we will have a very few slots for stories under 1000 words. Maybe you have something already; hopefully you have time to write something new. We’re looking for stories with conflict, emotion, impact … stories the audience will remember long after the event. But don’t be intimidated. Send your best stuff and be part of the day.

You can send up to three stories. Submissions open on Wednesday 1st May and the deadline is midnight on Saturday 8th June, although we’ll start confirming a few places before that, so the earlier the better. Please send your stories as attachments to RTF files are our favourite, but we’ll also accept Microsoft Word files, PDFs and good old plain text.

Our time slot in the venue is sadly limited so we can only accept a certain number of stories. We can’t take everything we would like. But we definitely want to read yours.

Let us take you to bed

Sleeptalking is tonight, and we’re thrilled this event made The Skinny’s top ten events in ScotlandGet into your favourite jammies and come gather at the new Bongo Club (Cowgate, not Holyrood road!) for bedtime tales and chocolate stars.

Performers include: Ariadne Cass-Maran, J. A Sutherland, Ashley McClean, Andrew C. Ferguson, R.A Martens, Adam Graham, Melissa Hugel, Tracey S. Rosenberg, Bronwen Winter Phoenix, Rhian Thompson, Silvia Barlaam, Kirsti Wishart and Caroline von Schmalensee.