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2009

1st–31st May 2009

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Overview
Makar Making
First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay
Pushing Out the Boat
Night at the Light
From Pennan to Penang
Lubrication
Trio Verso
Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling
Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron
Cream of Strathbogie
Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray
Speak Volumes
Journeys
Coming Home
Double Launch
P–KOK
The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy
In Search of Salt (Ellon)
In Search of Salt (Aberdeen)
John Hegley
Drawing out the Creativity
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
The Word Birds
Voyager Poets
Not Drowning but Waving
Fresh Ayr
Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Closing Verses

Night at the Light

Be inspired by the combination of traditional music and contemporary poetry surrounded by spectacular lenses

Saturday 2 May 2009

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh [Map]

Part of the North Coast Weekend


Night at the Light

L to R: Knotbrook Taylor, Morna Annandale, Martin Walsh, Ian Stephen

Photo by Ross Barrett-Ayres

Never in the history of Wordfringe events has so much been missed by so many, witnessed by so few! The stunning Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh provided just the right atmosphere for this event's maritime theme. Surrounded by those spectacular lenses and nature's own sound effects — winds howling, seagulls mewling, rain skittering across the rooftops — our tiny audience settled into shared intimacy, to be regaled by poems and stories of the sea and the folk who live by it.

From Stornoway, special guest Ian Stephen's life experiences pervade his verse and prose. Wrapping us in those lilting Lewis inflections, he was a hard act to follow, but his fellow poets bravely met the challenge: Knotbrook Taylor, deft and daring, turned his "outsider's existential gaze" on the sea — or perhaps not? While newcomer Morna Annandale offered more gentle reflections rooted in the Scotland of her east coast ancestors. Master of dialects Martin Walsh transported us to the remote coast of Sierra Leone. His tale of an African boy's first seatrip, and a comical encounter with an ocean liner, inspired an impromptu change of program as Ian Stephen recounted another youngster's voyage, this one in the Hebrides.

The venue's warm hospitality encouraged performers and audience to mingle and muse over the evening's diversions before setting out into the Moray Firth gloaming.

Freda Hasler


Promoted by

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Supported by

Scottish Book Trust
Banff and Buchan Arts Forum
Aberdeenshire Council

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