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wordfringe 2009

Festival of New Writing in Aberdeen
and North-East Scotland

1st – 31st May 2009

Wordfringe 2009 presents poets, fiction writers, dramatists, storytellers, comedians, translators, musicians, composers and sound artists, from North-East Scotland and beyond, in the innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance. Events take place in venues in Aberdeen and many towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

This year Wordfringe forms a part of Homecoming Scotland, the year-long celebration of Scottish culture, with a vibrant mix of the best of local, national and international talent. As you browse through the Event Calendar you will find writers and performers from Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Texas, Indiana, Oregon, Nepal and New Zealand. Some are visiting the North-East specially, some have made their home here, and some are returning after time away.

Homecoming 2009

Among the many highlights of this year's festival is a series of events exploring the variety of relationships between words and music, presented in conjunction with the Sound festival, including the Pennan premiere of Richard Ingham's From Pennan to Penang and the world premiere of Fredrik Sixten's Requiem in a new English version by John Hearne.

Look out too for some big names in performance poetry including John Hegley and Attila the Stockbroker, a weekend of events at North Coast venues and a weekend at Woodend Barn including visits from Esther Woolfson and Laura Hird. Then there's drama from Philip Knight's Prometheus and Charles Barron's Guts, and some highly innovative poetry events presented by Spring Tides at Peacock Visual Arts, including a visit from Shetland poet Jen Hadfield, winner of the 2008 T. S. Eliot prize.

Add into the mix children's poetry events in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh, workshops for the writers among us to develop our skills, several book and magazine launches, events featuring local writers' groups, and an intimate open poetry evening where anyone can read, and you have one of the most varied, entertaining, challenging and stimulating ways of spending a month that you could imagine.

Most events are modestly priced — some are free — and no events clash so you can come to as many as you choose. Browse the Programme Strands and the full Event Calendar, be adventurous, visit venues you have never been to before, and find out why those who have discovered Wordfringe keep coming back for more.

Wordfringe 2009 is brought to you by:

Festival Director: Haworth Hodgkinson

Event and Venue Coordinators: Roddy Begg, Moira Brown, Aurélie Bureau, Sheila Davis, Anna Fancett, Lisa Fraser, Becka Gauld, Paula Gibson, John Hearne, Haworth Hodgkinson, Fiona Hope, Mark Hope, Ruth Howell, Sera Irvine, Fiona Keenan, Bill Kelly, Angela Lennon, Virginia Mayes-Wright, Anne McArthur, Derek McArthur, Catriona McLeod, Susanne Olbrich, Mark Pithie, Robert Ramsay, Fiona Robertson, Gerard Rochford, Philip Rose, Maureen Ross, Gráinne Smith, Sue Vickerman, Martin Walsh, Rapunzel Wizard & Miriama Young

Wordfringe Committee: Rapunzel Wizard (chair), Gerard Rochford (co-chair), Moira Brown (secretary), Catriona McLeod (treasurer), Lisa Fraser, Martin Walsh, Keith Murray & Barbara Mathie

Logo Design: Shade Wizard

Wordfringe 2009 acknowledges the support of:

Aberdeen Arts Centre
Aberdeen Business Centre
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeenshire Arts
Aberdeenshire Council
Aberdeen Writers' Circle
Banff and Buchan Arts Forum
Better Read Books
Blue Salt Publishing
Books and Beans
Cafe Montmartre
Cellar 35
Creative Cultures
Creative New Zealand
Crown Terrace Methodist Church
Dead Good Poets
Deeside Writers
Douglas Hotel
Duff House, Banff
Fleeman Productions
Fraserburgh Academy
Fraserburgh South Park School
Grampian Association of Storytellers
Gordon Forum for the Arts
Gordon Highlanders Museum
Homecoming Scotland
Huntly Writers
Indiana University, USA
Fiona Keenan

Kincardine and Deeside Arts Forum
Koo Press
Left Bank
The Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree Writers
Lilburn Trust
Making Music Scotland
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Peacock Visual Arts
Pennan Village Hall
Pushing Out the Boat
Queen's Cross Church
James Rizza & Sons Ltd.
St James Episcopal Church, Stonehaven
Salmon Bothy
Scottish Book Trust
Adrian Smith Saab
Spring Tides Poetry Group
Stonehaven and District Choral Society
Tarts and Crafts
Third Stage
The Tunnels
University of Aberdeen
Woodend Barn, Banchory
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