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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny Lindsay~Faith Eliott~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.
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.
“She offers vivid snatches of observed and imagined life. She makes pictures, sometimes beautiful, sometimes startling. She has a gift for the unforeseen and illuminating phrase.” - The Scotsman
In a very special event for CoastWord and in association with Scottish Poetry Library, one of our nation's most extraordinary writers, Janice Galloway is joined by Marjorie Gill, Nadine Aisha and Hannah Lavery to share their work on the themes of home and belonging.
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.
CoastWord Nights opens this year with a very special double bill of theatre and music from two of the country's most exciting talents.
"fascinating and completely gripping."
★★★★ - The Scotsman
Award winning artist Jenna Watt presents: Faslane, a hugely powerful and timely insight into the UK's current nuclear debate. Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident.
With her family having worked in Faslane with Trident all her life, and with her friends protesting at the gates, Jenna endeavours to understand her relationship to Trident, the wider nuclear debate and activism.
A rich Scots voice... deceptively simple, beautiful composition.' fROOTS Magazine
The Firth of Forth - that great river mouth at the edge of which Dunbar is situated - has for hundreds of years been a home, a hunting ground, a place to welcome visiting ships or defend ourselves from those less welcome. It has carried cargo, oil, oysters, emigrants, immigrants. It has worked its way into the songs and literature of its people.
But how do we engage with the Firth of Forth in 2016? What kind of relationship do we have with this Urban Seascape now?
Armed with my portable recorder, notebook and shruti box, these are just some of the questions I look forward to exploring in the year to come, seeing what new songs they will inspire.
- Kirsty Law from her CoastWord blog
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 is back for 2017 with an inspiring, fun-filled three days of words, music and theatre.
The CoastWord 2017 programme, click on images below for more information on the different events.
Tickets are sold this year as weekend passes or day passes. There will be an opportunity to pay on the door and online for individual events but this will be subject to availability. We also have the passes for sale at Crunchy Carrot, The Record Store and The Library in Dunbar. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if would like to discuss special ticket arrangements for particular events.