Queen’s Hall are very excited to be collaborating with Neu! Reekie! - "Scotland's favourite avant-garde noisemakers" (The Skinny) - as part of our fortieth anniversary celebrations #QH40.
Featuring: HOLLIE MCNISH, AIDAN MOFFAT, HANNAH PEEL & WILL BURNS (Chalk Hill Blue album launch show) - plus Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson - with superstar spoken word acts, fierce film-makers and musical headliner to follow. Watch us.
With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchen, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Her collection, Nobody Told Me, for which she won the Ted Hughes award and for which The Scotsman claimed ‘The world needs this book’, has been translated into French, Spanish and German.
Founding member Arab Strap, SAY Award winner, Bill Wells & RM Hubbert album collaborator, author, L.Pierre & filthy beauty.
HANNAH PEEL & WILL BURNS
The first act to be announced for tonight's show is musician and composer, Hannah Peel (The Magnetic North), and poet, Will Burns, who will play tracks from their first album Chalk Hill Blue - a record of electronic ruralism, channeling the chalk landscapes of Southern England. Peel’s electronica has explored a diverse range of inner and outer landscapes; refracting the science of both the human brain and outer space through analogue synthesisers and community brass bands. Peel has worked with acts such as Paul Weller, John Fox and John Grant. Burns is poet-in-residence for arts-meets-nature-uptown phenomenon Caught by the River and was a Faber New Poet in 2014. Neu! Reekie! is a prize-winning literary production house that has been curating cross-cultural events for over eight years. They unfurl their own 'iconic' core shows as well as producing take-overs at national galleries, national museums and major festivals. With anchors in poetry, music, animation and film, performance and the weird realms in between, Neu! Reekie! has become a fertile breeding ground for collaboration and one of the fastest moving grassroots arts organisations in the UK.
Presented by The Queen's Hall & Neu! Reekie!