What I Know About Women So Far - Free

Mon 8th – Thu 25th Aug 2011


“Following in the beat tradition ... the musical accompaniment will be spontaneous and unrehearsed.”





Young Dawkins and Steve Kettley


Scottish Slam Poetry Champion teams up with Salsa Celtica star for Fringe Show.

Scottish Slam Champion and beat poet Young Dawkins has just announced that saxophonist Steve Kettley of Salsa Celtica will join him in his solo PBH Free Fringe debut this August.

Dawkins’ show - What I Know About Women So Far – will run for nine days at The Royal Oak, as part of the Spoken Word section of the PBH Free Fringe. Kettley, who has recently returned from playing a Spanish festival with Salsa Celtica, will join Dawkins for a section of his show on all dates except August 15th and 22nd.

Bass player Dave Conway, of Edinburgh’s monthly Click Clack Club, will also provide musical backing for some of Dawkins poems. Following in the beat tradition – started by figures like Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg - the musical accompaniment will be spontaneous and unrehearsed.

Dawkins has recently returned from representing Scotland at the Slam Poetry World Cup in Paris. He won his place in that competition when he was crowned winner of the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Championship, which took place as part of the Aye Write! Festival in Glasgow last March.

A central figure in the New Hampshire beat poetry revival movement; Dawkins now lives in Scotland with his wife and son and is a regular on the Edinburgh and Glasgow performance poetry scenes.

“His poetry showcases how good beat can be.” The Skinny

“Young Dawkins might have stepped out of a movie about Alan Ginsberg. He was wonderful, quite breathtaking, and I’d recommend him to anyone.” Thomas Quinn, journalist and blogger

“A real treat.” Martin Lennon, Edinburgh Evening News

Admission: Free

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