It is around this time that poets, play-writes, performers, producers, comedians and literary lovers are starting to make plans for the Edinburgh Fringe and PBH’s Free Fringe 2016. For a first-timer the experiment can be rather daunting. You might be asking yourself, where do I start? How can I ensure a good slot in a good venue? How will my show differ from everyone else’s? How can I afford it?

There are some great reading resources out there, you may have already read through the official The Fringe Guide to Doing a Show but if you’re looking for something more personalised, Burning Eye Books has just the thing.


Released in 2015, Paul Eccentric’s guide to the Fringe is packed full of helpful little tips, anecdotes and interviews with Fringe veterans like John Hegley and Rob Auton.  It includes personal stories of his experiences at the festival as well as chats with reviewers (v. useful!). We thoroughly recommend this book if you’re new on the circuit or a seasoned Fringe’r.

Pick up a copy from our webstore.

And if that isn’t quite enough, Apples and Snakes have developed Power Plant: Taking a Spoken Word Show to the Edinburgh Fringe; a series of free masterclasses that cover everything from publicity and finances to writing and performing techniques.

LONDON: Saturday 16th Jan, 10am – 5pm

Red Room, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG –  w/ Dan Simpson and Alex Gwyther

More information and booking here.

BRISTOL: Monday 18th Jan, 10am – 9.30am – 1.30pm

Tobacco Studio, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF – w/ Dan Simpson and Chris Redmond

More information and booking here.

Good luck!