Scotland's Makar (national poet), Liz Lochhead, along with Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, John Glenday, Aonghas MacNeacail and Stewart Conn will be performing at the prestigious Poetry in the Persian Tent reading series at The Festival of Spirituality and Peace this week.
The series of events from 22 - 26 August 2012 will raise money for farming development in Africa. The headliners will be joined by other familiar faces from the Scottish poetry scene and by top quality musical interludes. The M.C. will be impresario for the series, and acclaimed poet, Stephanie Green.
Proceeds from these hour-long daily poetry and music events will benefit the Old MacDonald Had a Farm in Africa Project, devised by Liz Lochhead and Jim Carruth in association with the global charity, Oxfam.
These high-profile readings take place 11am to 12pm each weekday. The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, now in its twelfth year, features 400 events across 21 venues throughout August. It is the only Edinburgh festival to make charity fundraising a core part of what it does, attracting some 25,000 attendees.
FULL POETRY SCHEDULE
Wednesday 22 August, 11am:
Liz Lochhead, John Glenday, Stephanie Green and Ryan Van Winkle
Music from John Sampson
Thursday 23 August, 11am:
Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, William Letford and Helen Mort
Music from Lise Sinclair
Friday 24 August, 11am:
Vicki Feaver, Jane McKie and Patricia Ace
Music from Irene Railley's Just Voices
Saturday 25 August, 11am:
Aonghas MacNeacail, Niall Campbell and Jim Carruth
Music from Patsy Seddon
Sunday 26th August, 11am:
Stewart Conn, Eunice Buchanan and Mandy Haggith
Music from Carole Clarke
£10 tickets (£8 concessions) are available through the Hub box office from their website . Email firstname.lastname@example.org , telephone 0131 473 2000 or in person from The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE.
Tickets will available on the door but reservations are recommended due to limited seating.
Stephanie Green's event site .
Katie MacFadyen's article A feast of Scottish poetry... for Africa 
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace is supported by the Scottish government and a range of civic, faith and educational bodies. Ekklesia is a sponsor and media partner.