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1–29 May 2008

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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Family Snaps

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

Wednesday 28 May 2008
7pm – 9pm

Gordon Highlanders Museum [Venue 10]

Admission Free

Family Snaps

Poets Eddie Gibbons, Paulina Vanderbilt, Catriona Yule, Keith Murray and Gerard Rochford, together wih musicians Ian Watt (BBC2 Classical Star) and Morag Skene (accompanist Jim Addison) have searched their albums and attics for photos to celebrate the past and the present of family life.

Devised by Gerard Rochford

Eddie Gibbons

Eddie Gibbons is a founder member of the Lemon Tree Writers. He has three poetry books published by Thirsty Books, Edinburgh, and two publications by Koo Press, Aberdeen. His latest (Thirsty) book of football poems Game On! appeared in May 2006. He is currently Aberdeen City Council's Scouser in Residence.

Paulina Vanderbilt

Paulina Vanderbilt, published poet, children's writer, singer, actress AND mother.... No matter how hard yet rewarding writing is, being a mother beats it hands down. Paulina is proud mama to two wonderful children who provide no end of banter and inspiration — inspiration that emphasises the wonder of life in an attempt to counterbalance all those focusing on the doom and gloom in the world.

Catriona Yule

Catriona Yule's poems have appeared in Lapidus, Northwords Now Pushing Out the Boat and Dee & Don Inspiration. Her first poetry collection, Shedding Skin was published in November last year.

She has since started work on a second poetry collection inspired by the theme of water, Cherokee and Sioux Indians. She has also begun research on a non-fiction project for young people focusing on good mental health and has just finished Storylines, an Open College of The Arts course to develop narrative technique.

Keith Murray

When Keith Murray reached ten his English teacher reported "...when it comes to composition Keith has no imagination." Nevertheless he found work in advertising. His poems have appeared in Radical Scotland, Open Space, Scratchings, New Writing, Leopard Magazine and elsewhere. He has published a number of chapbooks. His play The Lum Hat (co-written with his late uncle Alasdair MacPherson) won an SCDA award for the best depiction of Scottish life and character (1991).

His long term project The Arch, a science fiction novella, is now in its eighth year of writing. It will probably take another eight years to complete. He is currently commissioned to have a chapbook published by Koo Press.

Gerard Rochford

Gerard Rochford's poetry publications include Three Way Street, and The Holy Family and Other Poems, both published by Koo Press. He is a founder member of Dead Good Poets, convenor of their poetry readings at Books and Beans, and a poetry editor for Pushing Out the Boat. He is included in Janice Galloway's selection of Best 20 Scottish poems of 2006, for the Scottish Poetry Library.

Ian Watt

Ian Watt made his recital debut at the age of fourteen at the first ever North-East Scotland Classical Guitar Society concert. Since then, he has played a concert at the prestigious Dundee Guitar Festival 2007, won the title of Ishoka Aberdeen Young Musician of the Year and performed Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the City of London Sinfonia in the final of BBC2's Classical Star competition.

Morag Skene

Morag Skene was born and brought up in the North-East of Scotland. She even lives in a lovely, traditional North-East farmhouse with a huge garden, just outside Peterhead, which she would really enjoy if she was ever there. Unfortunately, Morag's interests in writing, dancing, drama, her wee grandaughter, jazz and making a fool of herself singing on open mic nights, mean she has to drag herself into the big bad city of Aberdeen far too often!

Promoted by

Dead Good Poets

Supported by

Awards for All
Gordon Highlanders Museum


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