Celebrating the launch of the CoastWord Programme by walking the coastline home to Dunbar - CoastWords from CoastWord...
These are rough notes, made during a walk on 4th May between Aberlady and Dunbar with Hannah Lavery, Sheree Mack and Roy Moller. When we agreed to do this, to celebrate the launch of the CoastWord programme, we had no idea if it would work as a piece of writing practise. It did
I moved to Dunbar a year ago with my wife and young son. Emma and I don't drive and we work in Glasgow, so while we've clocked up thousands of miles of rail commuting we've had neither the time nor the means to explore East Lothian beyond the beauty of our harbour home and the charms of Dunbar.
This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Another dawning day saw me driving up to Dunbar.
Starting the CoastWord Coastal Walk at Aberlady, I couldn’t help remembering my aunt and uncle, who lived there for many years. Aunt Meg used to go for a swim every day, summer or winter, sun or rain.
After rushing about and failing to find my flask and my new notebook I decided that the only thing to be done was to forget my worries and just walk,
To celebrate the launch of our festival. We decided to send four of our writers to Aberlady and challenge them to make their way back along the coast. We asked our intrepid wordsmiths to document their journey in photography, in short films and of course in their own words.
To celebrate our launch we are going to leave 4 writers at Aberlady and challenge them to get back to Dunbar by foot, by bus, by bike whilst responding to the beautiful East Lothian Coastline in writing, taking photographs and in short films.