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1–29 May 2008

Week 4

Thursday 22 May
Books and Beans

Poems of Quality

Anne Ryland and Rhoda Michael, with Haworth Hodgkinson, Olivia McMahon & Judith Taylor

Thursday 22 May
St Katherine's Club, Shoe Lane

AB24: Poems from a Postcode

Portal Creative Writers launch an exciting anthology, introducing the extraordinary writer Catherine Elmslie

Friday 23 May
Midmar Church, Midmar

Poetry and Music of All the Faiths

A meditation upon belief, doubt and disbelief

Saturday 24 May
Archaeolink, Oyne

Storytelling for Beginners

A workshop with Grampian Association of Storytellers

Saturday 24 May
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh

Hooked by Emerald Froth

An evening of poetry, images, music and dance from the Blue Salt Collective

Week 5

Monday 26 May

Demented Eloquence & Wordcraft Slam

Sharp and comic performance poetry from Ash Dickinson, Milton Balgoni, and Rapunzel Wizard, plus a poetry slam contest

Tuesday 27 May
Aberdeen Central Library

Banchory Young Writers

Venture into Poetry

Wednesday 28 May
Woodend Barn, Banchory

Slow Road Home

Poet Sheila Templeton reads and chats about her work

Wednesday 28 May
Gordon Highlanders Museum

Family Snaps

A celebration of the family in poetry, music and song with projected photos

Thursday 29 May
Books and Beans

A Celebration of Childhood

Launching a new anthology of poems, drawings and recipes in aid of CHILDREN 1ST(RSSPCC)

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Poems of Quality

Anne Ryland and Rhoda Michael, with Haworth Hodgkinson, Olivia McMahon & Judith Taylor

Thursday 22 May 2008
6.30pm – 8pm

Books and Beans [Venue 1]

Admission Free

Anne Ryland writes poems of great beauty, originality and discipline which have already received awards as an exciting new voice.

Anne Ryland's poems are subtle as Vermeer paintings — so hauntingly meditative they make you shiver (Pascale Petit)

Rhoda Michael, poet and editor of Northwords Now, was one of the first to recognise Anne's gifts.

They will be joined by Haworth Hodgkinson, Olivia McMahon and Judith Taylor, established voices in the North-East and beyond.

Anne Ryland

Anne Ryland lives in the Borders. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Autumnologist, was published by Arrowhead Press in Spring 2006 and was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis (Forward) First Collection Prize 2006. She was then awarded a Northern Promise Award. Her poems have appeared in a range of magazines including Acumen, London Magazine, Staple, Scintilla, The Interpreter's House, Northwords, and The Red Wheelbarrow, as well as in anthologies such as Entering the Tapestry (Enitharmon, 2003) and Four Caves of the Heart (Second Light, 2004).

Anne writes: I've been fascinated by words and writing ever since I can remember. At the age of six I was secretly pleased when the teacher who complained I had "a tongue like a snake" also predicted that one day she'd be reading my book in her wheelchair. Many of my poems are inspired by an image or by a story which almost demands to be recreated as a poem. Certain themes keep recurring: letters, silence, water, the Northumbrian coastline, blue and grey, stitches, bones, stones....

Rhoda Michael

Rhoda Michael was born in Beauly, got away, but is now back again. She lived for many years in Aberdeen and is nostalgic for the bright lights of Pittodrie on a winter afternoon. She won the 17th Poetry Life Prize 2001, and her poetry pamphlet In Long Connected Threads was published in 2002. She is currently editor of Northwords Now.

Haworth Hodgkinson

Haworth Hodgkinson is a poet and musician, occasionally performing poetry and music simultaneously when working with the Blue Salt Collective.

As a poet, he has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and in 2007 his small collection A Weakness for Mermaids was published by Koo Press.

As a musician he has composed, performed and improvised for many theatrical projects, and has recently been playing with Susanne Olbrich's Strange Little Orchestra in Forres and Findhorn.

See www.haworthhodgkinson.co.uk for more.

Olivia McMahon

Olivia McMahon writes novels, poems and quirky books about language. Her poems have appeared in a range of magazines including Stand, Mslexia, Northwords Now and Pushing Out the Boat. Buy her collection Domestic Verses at Books and Beans during the month of May and you might find a diamond among its pages — a real one, of quality.

Judith Taylor

Judith Taylor comes from Perthshire and now lives and works in Aberdeen, where she is a member of Lemon Tree Writers. She writes poetry in English and sometimes Scots, and her first chapbook collection, Earthlight, was published in 2006 by Koo Press. She was Poet Number 91 in the StAnza 100 Poets Gathering in St Andrews in March 2007.

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