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Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time – a tour guided by fiction

black and white photo of the library stairs a blurred figure on the landing

Saturday 26 April 2.30pm – 4.00pm
National Library of Scotland

Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time: a tour guided by fiction. Created by Ken Cockburn as the culmination of an Artlink project with the National Library of Scotland. The project considered the library as both a building and a collection. Within the collection are descriptions of fictional buildings, which have only ever existed in the imagination.

This performance will lead you on a journey through the National Library of Scotland weaving together fictions, description and music. Ken Cockburn’s explorations of the building together with staff and Artlink participants, has resulted in this rich and unexpected way to experience the library and its spaces.

This is a free event as part of Artlink’s Opening Lines which mixes description, history and storytelling in response to locations across Edinburgh, creating events for sighted and non sighted audiences.

For more info or to join the event, please contact: Susan Humble or call 0131 229 3555.

ARTLINK Performance

Live reading of new work
by Juliana Capes and Laura Cameron Lewis


Saturday 15 March 2014

3-4pm Dalriada Bar, Portobello 

Opening Lines performances mix description, history and storytelling in response to locations across Edinburgh, creating events for sighted and non sighted audiences.
For this event artist Juliana Capes and writer Laura Cameron Lewis have been working close to home along Porty Prom. They have created interweaving narratives from generations of women with connections to Portobello Prom across their lives.

Come and join us for a live reading in the Dalriada Bar to the east end of Portobello prom. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

For more info or to join the event, contact Susan:

0131 229 3555

susan at

In the library and along porty prom

We’re delighted to be working again with poet Ken Cockburn, this time with the National Library of Scotland.  Ken is interested in the library both as a building and a collection with fictional spaces described within its books. Ken will be discussing this theme with library staff and Artlink participants.  The first stage is to get to know the building through tours led by staff including book fetchers, security staff, cleaners and building manager.  Ken will be sharing these experiences through this blog. The project will close with a public performance weaving fictional texts and descriptive passages opening up innumerable ways to understand the library building.

Juliana Capes and Laura Cameron Lewis are collaborating on another project exploring descriptive language. These two artists are developing a descriptive narrative of Portobello prom across tides, seasons and years.  We’ve had one sharing of their work in progress, which sparked a good long natter about childhood holidays and changes to the area.  This gave plenty more material for their story and we’re looking forward to another sharing event.

The Allegorical Wall

allegorical wall We’re now at the back of the wharf, at the edge of the pavement here and facing a plot of land in height about the size of a three-storey house – at the top is a garden area with rose bushes, some still in flower with petals of purple, then there are the white flowers of some bindweed, I think. Halfway down the plot is a wall, between four and five meters high and while the right half is intact, the left half has mostly collapsed depositing a pile of rubble almost down onto the pavement in front of us. When I first saw this place I couldn’t help but read it allegorically, with a garden of Eden at the top, a metal fence halfway up keeping sinners from passing through the gap in the wall, and the chaos of lost souls here at the bottom, spilling almost onto the pavement.

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street demon

And there are even some, what I call, “street demons” in among the rubble… these are the stands used by building contractors to stand their fences in and they have two holes for the poles, which are like eyes, and then to save materials they have a large hole in the middle like a screaming mouth… here, have a feel of one of their faces…

(Phil picks up one of the ‘street demons’ and holds it up for people to feel the ‘eyes’ and ‘mouth’. Then puts it back in the rubble. Then Siriol leads the group around to the benches of a recessed area close by.)

This is an extract from a performance by Phil Smith and Siriol Joyner integrating description, dance, objects and narrative for sighted and partially sighted audiences.  You can listen to more of this performance in the post below.