Bowdy Kite Books Presents

Women Speaking Their World


Five Poets, Five Performances of New Writing,

One Sunday, One Beautiful Venue.


The Waiting Room at The Whole Works

Jackson’s Close, Royal Mile  

Fringe Venue 344


Sunday 21st August
11:45am- 12:30pm

Majuba Road


Julie Hogg reads from her stunning first collection. The poems journey through North Eastern landscapes; they chart urban and industrial decay, set against the constant ebb and pull of the sea – an edge 'between lonely and alone' to which the book keeps returning. The women who people this book know all about hard times. But they are strong survivors; their sense of humour sees them through. Her voice can be lyrical, startling, staccato and also exquisitely tender, urging us to 'live like this.

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Sunday 21st August


Home Words


Rooted in the landscape of the west of Scotland, Katharine Macfarlane's lyrical poetry blends with discussion of traditional Scottish culture and history, alongside myths from the wider Celtic world, to provide a creative re-imagining of women's voices. Through these long silenced voices Home Words explores themes of identity, violence, loss, survival and belonging.

'The evocative language used by Katharine Macfarlane to bring Scottish towns and countryside to life, using fleeting imagery and enchanting chronicles, has had listeners falling like roses thrown upon theatre stages' The Mumble

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Sunday 21st August

2:15pm- 3:00pm

The Drift


A meditation on the final loss of an absent father, a very personal journey into grief, into heritage and legacy. Letting go and a holding on to what makes, what drives and what wounds you. Hannah Lavery poet, playwright, Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence 2015, awarded a Tom McGrath Trust Grant 2016.  

“Hannah Lavery’s work is emotionally rich and visually arresting. In the play between dark and light, grief and joy, she encourages our own memories to mingle with our own’ - Elizabeth K Reeder
An incredibly moving piece, a mix of delicately crafted words and raw humanity. It doesn't shy away from the truth, but the best art never does. - Kevin Gilday
I was fortunate enough to see Hannah's first performance of this piece, and it's an experience I will always remember. Hannah's honesty and bravery will provide comfort to anyone struggling through grief. - Kirsty Logan


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Sunday 21st August

3:30pm- 4:15pm

Girl Time


Girl Time: Nadine Aisha, author of Still, takes you on a journey through women’s stories, women’s voices and women’s survival. Aisha explores Islamophobia, Racism, Gender-Based Violence and Inequality, asking - in a system where women’s voices are marginalised, silenced or ignored – what happens when we reclaim them, telling our stories in our own words and our own time.

“Aisha’s poetry is a stunning example of the power and multiplicity of [young women’s] voices... Still is a powerful celebration of resilience, compassion, and love.” – Ally Crockford, YWCA Scotland  

“[Still is] an incisive, insightful conjuring of the worlds of women … a brave, bold debut”. – Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library

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Sunday 21st August

4.45pm - 5:.30pm

Naval Gazing


Pen Reid’s poems tackle the raw reality of degenerative disease and dysfunction in the family with unsentimental insight. Her poems have been described as “breathtakingly beautiful, intimate and delicate”- Poets Corner. Join Pen for readings from her first collection ‘Naval Gazing’ with live music.

“Grief, gratitude and love – all expressed movingly and beautifully–I aspire to write this well”-  Kim Whysall-Hammond.

“So good to find a poet unafraid to tackle such a sensitive subject with such sensitivity” - Kate Foley

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Sunday 21st August

7:00pm- 7:45pm

British Book Of Trees


Written by Hannah Lavery and Directed by Hannah Lavery and Victoria Balnaves


Rehearsed reading of the debut play by Hannah Lavery. Victoria Balnaves and Tim Barrow star in a rehearsed reading of Lavery’s play, awarded a Tom McGrath Trust Grant in 2016.  

British Book Of Trees is a play exploring the lasting effect of institutionalised abuse, the power of friendship and betrayal.

Two old friends find a copy of The British Book Of Trees, the notes in the margin urge them to take a journey.

Together, can they find a way to a salvation that they have both longed for?

Hannah Lavery's poetry sings; her words demand to be heard with their tough delicacy, their intimacy, their hypnotic rhythms and the knowledge she's taking you somewhere you've never quite been before. Go with her-you'll be glad you did. - Catherine Simpson 




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