CoastWord and North Light Arts Children’s Storymaking Workshop in the Backlands' Community Garden
Jun
23
1:30 pm13:30

CoastWord and North Light Arts Children’s Storymaking Workshop in the Backlands' Community Garden

P3 & P4: 1pm- 1:30pm

P5 & P6: 2pm- 2:30pm.

Bring your imaginations for a special story making session in the Backlands Community Garden with CoastWord’s Hannah Lavery.

Free, but places are limited, please book your place.

This free session will see the children explore stories and nature using crafts and games. Please bring your child to the garden five minutes before the start time. 

CoastWord Storytelling Day at Dunbar Primary School ( John Muir Campus)
Jun
22
9:30 am09:30

CoastWord Storytelling Day at Dunbar Primary School ( John Muir Campus)

To celebrate Dunbar Unplugs and Reads Together, and in partnership with Dunbar Primary School and with wonderful sponsorship from Be Green, we bring you a day of storytelling.

The CoastWord Storytelling Day, will be a very special day of stories for the children of John Muir Campus.  We are so excited to bring to Dunbar Primary the amazing storyteller Mara Menzies, Puppet Shows from the brilliant Petit Monde and more story fun from the incredible Children's author Emily Dodd. 

We would ask if you can to donate a £1 to the school to help us with the costs of the day. 

This event has also been supported with funds from the Dunbar Parent Council and Creative Scotland. 

 

 

CoastWord Reading Festival at Dunbar Primary School ( Lochend Campus)
Jun
21
9:30 am09:30

CoastWord Reading Festival at Dunbar Primary School ( Lochend Campus)

To celebrate Dunbar Unplugs and Reads Together, and in partnership with Dunbar Primary School and with wonderful sponsorship from Be Green, we bring you a very special Festival of Reading to the Lochend Campus at Dunbar Primary.

The day will see the pupils choose two events to attend in the morning and in the afternoon they will be treated to an amazing show from storytellers MacaStory with their show Around the World in Stories ( A Global Extravaganza about the Power of Books) . 

The morning will have a range of different events for the pupils to choose from. They will be able to choose two events to attend during the course of the morning.  The children will book these in school.

The day will feature events inspired by reading, books and stories from, Enjoy- a- Ball, Fergus McNicol,  The Reading Cafe and Authors Live, Arty Party, Dunbar Music School, Roy Pugh, Magi Gibson, Ian Macpherson, Dylan Gibson, Tim Porteous, Shake Your Tale!, and Janette Ayachi.  

We would ask if you can to donate a £1 to the school to help us with the costs of the day. 

This event has also been supported with funds from the Dunbar Parent Council and Creative Scotland. 

Wes Bradd and his Open Mic Stars!
May
21
9:00 pm21:00

Wes Bradd and his Open Mic Stars!

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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's CoastWord Showcase
May
21
7:00 pm19:00

Village Pub Theatre's CoastWord Showcase

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.   

Val McDermid- in association with Dunbar Unplugs and Reads
May
21
4:00 pm16:00

Val McDermid- in association with Dunbar Unplugs and Reads

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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. 

 

The Places Between Them...Writing Mums, Dunbar Sings, Catherine Simpson and Karen Dietz
May
21
12:30 pm12:30

The Places Between Them...Writing Mums, Dunbar Sings, Catherine Simpson and Karen Dietz

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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. 

CoastWord and Red Squirrel Press Present...
May
20
7:30 pm19:30

CoastWord and Red Squirrel Press Present...

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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.   

Janice Galloway and Marjorie Gill with support
May
20
3:15 pm15:15

Janice Galloway and Marjorie Gill with support

  • Dunmnuir Hotel

“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. 

Christopher Brookmyre
May
20
1:00 pm13:00

Christopher Brookmyre

  • Dunmuir Hotel

The celebrated Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre is coming to CoastWord for a very special event, in discussion with local crime writer, Nigel Bird, Christopher will be reading from his new book and answering questions from the audience.   

Magi Gibson - Writing Workshop
May
20
1:00 pm13:00

Magi Gibson - Writing Workshop

  • Dunmuir Hotel (CoastWord Annexe)

We are very pleased to be able to offer what promises to be a very special writing workshop with the experienced and well-respected poet and tutor, Magi Gibson. 

Double Bill: Jenna Watt's Faslane and Kirsty Law's Urban Seascape
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Double Bill: Jenna Watt's Faslane and Kirsty Law's Urban Seascape

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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.

and

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
Belonging: creative writing workshop with Marjorie Gill in association with Scottish Poetry Library
May
19
10:00 am10:00

Belonging: creative writing workshop with Marjorie Gill in association with Scottish Poetry Library

  • Dunbar Library, Bleachingfield

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 2017
May
19
May 21

CoastWord 2017

  • Dunmuir Hotel

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 info@coastword.co.uk if would like to discuss special ticket arrangements for particular events.