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LISTEN SOFTLY: Christina Neuwirth + Alycia Pirmohamed + UofE Creative Writing

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


LISTEN SOFTLY bounds into spring with a special line-up of performances on the theme of The Natural World. Join us for spoken word from two established writers based in Edinburgh, followed by a showcase of new talent from the University of Edinburgh Creative Writing course. 

After two packed-out Listen Softlys since debuting at Golden Hare Books, we strongly advise booking tickets well in advance! Entry is FREE and there will be a raffle. Doors open 6.00pm.


CHRISTINA NEUWIRTH is the author of Amphibian (Speculative Books, 2018), a novella about an office that is slowly being filled with water following a management directive.  Amphibian was shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award and the 2018 Saltire Society First Book Award.  Christina holds an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and is pursuing a PhD researching gender equality in contemporary Scottish writing and publishing at the University of Stirling in partnership with University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust.


ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED is a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying the work of second-generation immigrant poets. She is the author of the chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind (forthcoming, BOAAT Press), and the winner of the 2018 Ploughshares Emerging Writers’ Contest in poetry. Alycia received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.


Hear from the stars of tomorrow today with a short, sweet and sharp showcase of writers from the University of Edinburgh’s 2019 Creative Writing Prizes, including Snigdha Koirala, Charles Lang and Polly Smythe.


If you buy any book from Golden Hare Books on the night, you’ll receive A FREE BOOK from Listen Softly Press! Buy a book, get a book free!


LISTEN SOFTLY was founded in 2013 by poet and writer Dominic Stevenson. Dominic found it difficult to feel ‘at home’ at many of the performance nights in London, where the emphasis was on memorised material and ‘slick’ delivery. He decided to create a space where performers who may face barriers to getting onstage would a) feel welcome b) be able to express themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable and c) would get chance to read alongside established names. Listen Softly has featured artists such as Sara Hirsch, Rob Auton, Fran Lock, Rosie Garland, Aki Schilz, and many more.

More recently, Scottish writers Claire Askew and Stella Hervey Birrell have joined the Listen Softly team.

Listen Softly is specifically designed to be a platform where it’s okay to ad-lib, pause, read from your notebook, speak quietly, use reading aids, tic, stutter, stammer, forget your words, go off script and generally perform in whatever way makes you comfortable.

Though Listen came to the Fringe in 2017 and 2018, we’re hoping to get established as a regular night that provides the sort of performance space that’s still hard to find in Edinburgh. Golden Hare Books is our lovely venue: as committed to creating a quiet, safe and welcoming space as we are.


NB: Golden Hare Books has four steps leading to the entrance. We apologise for the fact that we have not yet found a fully accessible venue, and we are working on this.

The venue has a level access gender neutral bathroom. There is a separate, quiet back room for anyone who may need a break-out space during the event.

Please note that Listen Softly is an intersectional event that aims to provide a safe space for everyone. Transphobia, homophobia, racism, ableism, and any other form of hate speech or derogatory behaviour will not be tolerated, either from performers or from attendees. We reserve the right to ask anyone who jeopardises our safe space to leave.


TICKET BOOKING INFO: Online ticket bookings for Golden Hare events are via Eventbrite, where you can see other events you may like. If there is a charge for the event (redeemable against book) Eventbrite will charge you a small booking fee on top of this. Please note that this fee is not redeemable; if you would like to avoid this charge, please book directly in the bookshop or via phone/email! Tickets may also be available on the door but we advise booking to avoid disappointment. Event tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. If you are booking a Book + Ticket combination, the book will be available to collect on the evening of the event as you arrive.


Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


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