But just being nominated is great because it really makes doing the festival worthwhile. Some really great arts journalists are going to read my work in the process of deciding the outcome, and Paul has really given me a vote of confidence by putting my name forward.
- All those performers and most of the visitors need accommodation and food. They also tend to consume lots of alcohol, buy lots of souvenirs, go to lots of art galleries and pay exorbitant fees to get into Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House.
- The people of Edinburgh benefit by this general boost to the economy, but also many others get to rent rooms in their houses at inflated rates, directly benefiting their own financial position.
- Local printers probably run off enough posters and flyers to fund their businesses for the rest of the year. Similarly, chains like Poundland and Poundstretchers will do a roaring trade in comedy props.
- Once in Edinburgh, lots of people will visit nearby places.
- People like me get to practice writing. Performers get to hone their craft and maybe get noticed, such as the recent success story of Max and Ivan getting signed to Dawn Sedgwick Management, a prestigious agency. New producers get a chance to put on a show that has the potential to get a lot of exposure. Aspiring publicity reps work for slave labour at the big venues but come away with a huge body of experience. People get to hunt out the next big thing and feel really superior when they believe they've found it.
- Performers from 60 countries! That's a lot. Think of all their airfares. Then think of how much they will come back to their countries enriched with all these cutting edge arts productions.
And here are some more reviews I've been doing:
The Beta Males
Max and Ivan are Holmes and Watson
Jimmy McGhie: Artificial Intelligence
Jim Smallman: Tattooligan
Plus a few that haven't made it to the website as yet, and a buttload more I need to get cracking on. So, I guess I should get cracking on them.