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'The Edinburgh Fringe in a Nutshell'
By Paul Eccentric
Published by Burning Eye Books

A performer's guide to staying solvent and sane at the world's biggest arts festival.

Whether you are a solo artist or the producer of a full cast ensemble taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe remains the same daunting task. The Edinburgh Fringe in a Nutshell gives the insider view on surviving the festival from those who have been there, done it and have the scars to prove it in an unbiased guide to taking a show to the Fringe without being ripped off, sidelined or driven mad.

Edinburgh Fringe veteran Paul Eccentric has written an essential handbook that includes exclusive interviews from many other performers including John Hegley, Rob Auton, Paul Lyalls, Elvis McGonagal and Tim Wells from the poetry world alongside well known authors, playwrights and comedians who share their experience of the Edinburgh Fringe. He combines these with comedic 'day in the life of the festival' anecdotes and candid interviews with reviewers, including Kate Copstick, and paid and free festival facilitators. In the process Paul reveals insights of equal value to both first time and seasoned Fringe performers. More than the usual how-to guide 'The Edinburgh Fringe in a Nutshell' is an entertaining memoir and handbook combined.

Paul is best known as one half of popular poetry and music duo, The AntiPoet, regular perfomers at Glastonbury and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Paul is the author of four previous books, including Quaking In Me Stackheels: a beginner's guide to surviving your first public performance. He has written and directed for both stage and radio (including the three part festival documentary 'Wellies, Tents & Chemical Khazees').

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"Encouraged me to get off my arse and finally go and do it"  - Simon Cleary, Poet

"Finished your book. Enjoyed it a lot. ALMOST makes me want to go do the fringe again and be part of the chaos" - David Goo, Musician