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LISTEN SOFTLY: Briana Pegado + Theresa Muñoz + Gray Crosbie + OPEN MIC

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


It’s our Listen Softly-versary! Yep, somehow it’s been a whole year since Golden Hare started hosting Listen and we’ve loved every minute of it. And what an anniversary edition ahead: expect performances from three exciting writers AND open mic AND raffle. Pick up a free glass of wine or soft drink and browse a bookshelf or five after the readings.

Listen Softly is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive spoken word evening, with much joviality and encouragement. We have a PA system set-up in the shop so you can now listen even softer! Our aim is to help performers and audience members feel relaxed as they listen to exciting new work from writers we love. Each month, Listen Softly takes place in independent bookshop Golden Hare Books.

Entry is FREE and there will be a raffle. Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Please book in advance; it’s always busy!

Listen Softly February Line-up…


Gray Crosbie is a queer poet who performs regularly at poetry events and cabaret nights around Scotland. Off the stage, their poetry can be found in places such as anthologies and literary magazines, on BBC The Social and in a vintage cigarette vending machine. Their pamphlet Love, Pan-Fried was published in 2019 by Knight Errant Press.


Theresa Muñoz is a poet and academic in Edinburgh. She is Research Associate at Newcastle University where she runs the Newcastle Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, Canadian Literature, A Year Of Scottish Poems, and Staying Human: a sequel to Staying Alive by Bloodaxe Books. In 2018 she won a Muriel Spark Centenary Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship.

Briana Pegado is Executive Director of Creative Edinburgh, a sector development organisation and creative hub that supports over 4,000 members in the creative industries in Edinburgh. She was elected the first black woman President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) in 2014 and went on to win the union a number of national awards from the National Union of Students in 2015 including Best University Union, Best Education Campaign, and Best Student Opportunity Awards. In 2015 she was named one of Scotland’s Top 10 Social Innovators by Third Force News for her work founding the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), a social enterprise supporting emerging creative people and worked to increase public access to the arts. ESAF was awarded the Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award by Social Enterprise Scotland in 2016. In 2017 Briana was nominated as a Social Enterprise Champion and was named one of Scotland’s 30 Under 30 Inspiring Young Women by YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement. In 2018, she co-founded Povo a creative consultancy that worked with all sorts of organisations to help them better engage with their creative process. In her spare time she wild swims, works as a theta energy healer, and loves to consult the world of the occult through working with crystals.


YOU! Listen Softly is a great chance for you to test new material or debut as an open mic performer in a relaxed, informal environment. Each month we have a few slots available for 5-minute readings, you can just let us know on the night!


RAFFLE: Listen Softly is always free but please bring some change for our monthly raffle! 


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.


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


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