Join us on our flights of fancy, and prepare to have your feathers ruffled
Monday 25 May 2009
Tarts and Crafts, Balmedie [Map]
The Word Birds' event delivered a journey in emotion and sensation that was at once
moving and uplifting. Featuring Jean Harrison (Cinnamon Press, Forward Prize shortlisted),
Jennifer Copley (Arrowhead, Smith/Doorstop, Smokestack), Sue Vickerman (Arrowhead
Press, Biscuit Publishing) and Elizabeth Burns (Shoestring Press, Diehard, Polygon),
the four unique voices complemented each other in a seamless rendering of raw experience.
Sue Vickerman entranced with a mixture of wit and haunting melody. Her poem Low Pressure,
about Aberdeen, features in the Aberdeen University anthology Silver: An Aberdeen
Jean Harrison bewitched on a variety of themes, including Birdweed, an intriguing
glimpse of a future Earth.
Elizabeth Burns enchanted with a web of emotion and nature, including the moving
Held, examining the notion of vessels and concluding that "water is a nest
of stone". This was a poem not to be forgotten.
Jennifer Copley stunned with a moving medley of deep emotion.
The evening was a sublime mix of different voices and diverse themes, a clever blend
of the serious and light-hearted, humour and drama, grief and gaiety.