Lies, Dreaming #8 – There Is No Theme

We are delighted to launch our eighth podcast on the theme of “There Is No Theme”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Frederick “Freddie” Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been an organiser and host of the Inky Fingers Open Mic night, and has been an organiser of the University of Edinburgh Soapbox Open Mic. In 2014 he coordinated and hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam, and in 2016 began the K/RK event series with 24 Royal Terrace Hotel. He also writes, sometimes.

Lise Olsen’s art practice involves exploring different forms of walking and has sculptural, conceptual and socially engaged qualities. She is interested in how walking influences our perception of time and space and its influence on the human pace of life. In the journey, through the action of walking, she has searched for things that move between palpable and concealed connections. Always looking for spontaneous random events, opening up to serendipity, the discovery of unexpected knowledge and new material possibilities. As a responsive artist, she has created fictional narratives, using sound, poetry, images and text, to communicate meaning not obviously seen that can be open to interpretation.

Chik Duncan describes himself as a writer, a storyteller and a performer of poyums.  He performs his work for children as “Smelly Wellie Story Tellie” and has smelled wellies at various festivals around Scotland – Galloway Children’s Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Big Tent in Fife, and Big Lit, to name but most of them.

For adults he has performed at The Verse Hearse, Reading Allowed and the Scottish Writers’ Centre Speakeasy in Glasgow as well as at various venues around Dumfries & Galloway where he is a regular contributor to events at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Chik’s poyums have appeared in Southlight Magazine, on the Scottish Recovery Network’s website, on Jupiter Artland’s website, on the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, in the matchday programme of Selkirk FC, and on the label of a can as part of an art display at the freshAyr 2016.  Chik has recently published his first chapbook entitled “Misc.”, of which this is the title poyum.

Emily Taylor would like to leave us with this: ‘You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.’ — Hilary Mantel

Our next podcast theme is “ROBOTS”. Submission criteria can be found here.