Karen Koren: Enjoying calm before Festival storm

Jo Caulfield, Pic: Comp

Jo Caulfield, Pic: Comp

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I AM spending two weeks in Norway before we start the preparations for the Fringe in earnest. I’m at the family’s log cabin, by a fjord. Again.

It is the most idyllic setting and the perfect antidote to the craziness that is the beginning of the festival mayhem. My daughter Katy is with me, as is Mary Shields, an old friend of ours, celebrating a special birthday. Chief executive of the Fringe, Kath Mainland is here too, having a week away before it all kicks off.

Being here means no Wimbledon, no World Cup and no start of the Commonwealth Games, although I am happy enough not to know any of the results of these things, as long as the weather here stays good.

Obviously, when I get back it will be essential that I know what has happened with all of these events, well, perhaps I can live without knowing the result of the World Cup.

This year, we will be organising a few unusual events during the Fringe, like sending comedians to Fringe by the Sea, in North Berwick, (6-9 August). Zoe Lyons, Stephen K Amos, Jo Caulfield (pictured), Phill Jupitus, Grant Stott and the Umbilical Brothers are all taking part.

We are also presenting Best of the Fest in the West at the newly renovated Kelvingrove Park Theatre. Frisky and Mannish, Hannah Gadsby, Jason Cook, Pete Firman, Jarred Christmas and Abandoman are all on the billing, with Stephen K Amos compering.

The series is presented by Edinburgh promoters Regular Music, who requested that we include comedy within their programme. It promises to be a good addition to the evening shows from 7-16 August, which feature Alison Moyet, Squeeze, Teenage Fanclub, Steve Earle and the Waterboys.

Until next week, however, it’s back to the R & R.