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"The Bridge Readings is a great, rolling mini-festival of year-long literary quality and absolutely not to be missed - long may they continue." IAIN BANKS

Go here to YouTube for a link to a film of this event (in two parts)

City Reads offered up two incredible talents in February to tie-in with the Carry A Poem campaign. Since she burst onto the scene with her stunning and award-winning first collection, Adoption Papers, in 1991 Jackie Kay has consistently delivered work exploring the role and power of language and explorations of identity. Other Lovers, Off Colour, Life Mask, Darling and The Lamplighter are some of her collections and sit alongside an admirable body of work in anthologies, novels, work for children, stage and television. Aidan Moffat is the legendary songwriter and musician whose talent has lent gravitas to bands Arab Strap, The Sick Anchors, L. Pierre and, currently, Aidan Moffat and the Best Ofs which released the album How To Get to Heaven From Scotland in 2009. Moffat’s talent as a lyricist has also been put to work as a poet on I Can Hear Your Heart, an album of poetry and prose from 2007 released under his full name Aidan John Moffat. He performed a few stunning songs on the night with Kay reading from her work. A stellar line-up, a stonking night and both chatted about the power of words.

6:30pm Thursday 25 February 2010
Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG

Aidan Moffat's site 
Jackie Kay at Bloodaxe Books

“Epic. Huge, sprawling, ambitious, defiant, angry and gripping ...This was dramatically towering stuff, full of rousing prayer and sad song, and choruses sung in helplessness and revolt.”
The Guardian on Jackie Kay’s The Lamplighters

 “His words are what you really invest in ... yet another brilliant collection of songs from a man who I believe to be one of the best lyricists of his generation.”
Ross Cunnighman on Aidan Moffat’s How To Get To Heaven From Scotland

The event is FREE and complimentary drinks will be served.
Booking is essential, please email readerdevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk