COMIC’S PORTRAIT OF A SERIOUS ARTIST – Ed Book Fest Spiegeltent – 4.5K

By Peter Maddern

Edinburgh seems to wish to pack as many festivals as it can into August; maybe the persistently unflattering weather makes organisers wonder about what might happen in a later month?

The Edinburgh Book Festival on in Charlotte Square reached out into inter-disciplinary fields Sunday evening when music, drawing and chat came together in a fascinating 90 minutes.

Reinhard Kleist is a German author and illustrator and his latest graphic novel is about Nick Cave of The Bad Seeds variety. This follows other works about such diverse characters as Johnny Cash and Fidel Castro.

Under careful questioning, the audience heard of his inspirations and methods of practice and then Kleist played backing visuals to four Cave song sets by both the Zephyr Quartet and the Ukulele Death Squad (though they are nothing as terrifying as their name may suggest) including one with the delightful vocals of Carla Lippis.

This night brought together a number of persuasions including UNESCO designations for both Edinburgh (Literature) and Adelaide (Music), the latter the home town for the Quartet and the Death Squad.

In all, a night to remember; a risky collaboration between so many diverse elements that came off brilliantly. Congrats to all involved.

Kryztoff Rating 4.5K

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