Belonging: creative writing workshop with Marjorie Lotfi Gill in association with Scottish Poetry Library
Marjorie Lotfi Gill will lead a Belonging workshop as part of CoastWord Festival to inspire you to remember and reconsider your own stories, from journeys as monumental as moving country to the daily act of leaving the house. The workshop will offer a series of writing prompts as well as allowing some time to read around and discuss the outcomes of the various prompts, with a view to attendees coming away with one or more pieces of writing.
Tickets are free but you will need to book your place.
CoastWord Nights opens this year with a very special double bill of theatre and music from two of the country's most exciting talents.
We are delighted the highly acclaimed poet Magi Gibson will be reading from her new collection, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid's Socks. This very special event will be supported by four remarkable emerging and local poets, Pen Reid, Jo Gibson, Ruth Gilchrist and Melissa Goodbourn.
In a very special event for CoastWord and in association with Scottish Poetry Library, four artists come together to share their work on the themes of home and belonging.
A great workshop for those that want to explore their work in performance. Jenny Lindsay is a leading performer and promoter of Spoken Word and we are thrilled that she has agreed to run a workshop on poetry in performance for CoastWord 2017.
Jenny Lindsay~Faith Eliot~Scott Tyrrell~Colin McGuire~Emilie Robson...
CoastWord is looking south, down that East Coast Line; with the help of our friends at Red Squirrel Press, our Saturday night will be a very special one, celebrating Dunbar as the natural gathering place between the North East and Edinburgh, with exciting talents from both directions and rooted in great performances by CoastWord favourites, Richard Klein & Karen Dietz and hosted by our very own Graham Cairns and Carey Douglas, this will be one of those unforgettable CoastWord nights.
Join us for a cuppa, a morning roll and some fantastic poetry to start your Sunday. Katherine and Julie are two poets at the top of the game and we are so excited to be bringing them together for the CoastWord Big Breakfast.
This event will be a wonderful celebration of Dunbar and CoastWord with a packed hour and ten showcasing our community in song, words and in the reflections and writings of our very special writer in residence for 2016/2017 Catherine Simpson. This event will also see the launch of the Writing Mums' anthology, Nourish me, Sister, with readings and accompanying music from the life-affirming Dunbar Sings and CoastWord favourite, Karen Dietz.
Shelley Day and Catherine Simpson discuss their debut novels, The Confession of Stella Moon and Truestory, and talk about writing their debuts after other careers in law, academia, journalism and raising their families.
We are so excited the wonderful Val McDermid is coming to CoastWord.
Val's book Skeleton Road was chosen as one of Dunbar Reads Together Community Books and so this and her fantastic new novel, Out of Bounds will be up for discussion, there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions as well as time for Val to read from her work.
Village Pub Theatre are back by popular demand, with a very special CoastWord showcase for 2017, featuring the work of three established playwrights and Village Pub Theatre stalwarts, Catherine Grosvenor, Sophie Good and Jenna Watt along with new work written in our short course playwriting workshops in Dunbar. All performed by a professional cast and directed by Jenna Watt.
To close our festival this year, we have the very special Dunbar musician Wes Bradd treating us to a set of his original songs before introducing us to some of the stars of his incredibly popular Dunbar Open Mic night. Grab a pint or whatever is your tipple and coorie in to the sounds of Dunbar's very own.