The Best of Village Pub Theatre @The Dunmuir Hotel
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Best of Village Pub Theatre @The Dunmuir Hotel

From Sunny Leith to Sunny Dunny come the talented bunch that are Village Pub Theatre. Theatre at its pure raw best comes CoastWord to be given that special Dunbar blast of sea air- whatever they bring it will be thrilling!                                

What they Say about Village Pub Theatre... 

...they’re creating a brand new vortex of powerful theatrical activity in Edinburgh; everyone who enjoys the raw energy of theatre should sample it **** Scotsman 

..experience an evening of live script-in-hand performance, created by some of Scotland’s brightest young writers and actors... it’s not surprising that Edinburgh’s Village Pub Theatre has fast become a such popular feature of the city’s grass-roots theatre scene... **** Joyce MacMillan 

 

 

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Meet the author event with Lucy Ribchester @The Dunmuir Hotel
May
24
4:30 PM16:30

Meet the author event with Lucy Ribchester @The Dunmuir Hotel

Lucy Ribchester is the Edinburgh-based author of the recently-published The Hourglass Factory, her first novel. As well as being shortlisted for this year’s Costa Short Story Awards, Lucy is a previous recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. The Hourglass Factory tells the story of Frankie George, a young reporter who becomes entangled in the messy, passionate worlds of the circus and the suffragettes when she meets Ebony Diamond, a mesmerising trapeze artist who uses her skills to fight for votes for women. 

 

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Imaginary Worlds - Writing Workshop with Kirsty Logan @The Dunmuir Hotel
May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Imaginary Worlds - Writing Workshop with Kirsty Logan @The Dunmuir Hotel

Does your imagination teem with magic, ghosts, sea monsters and spaceships? Do you find made-up worlds more fascinating than this humdrum existence? You can learn how to lasso your daydreams and shape them into short stories, poetry, and novels. Through informal discussion, idea generation games, and writing exercises you will improve your writing skills and create exciting, original fiction.

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The CoastWord Coorie in @ The Dunmuir Hotel
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

The CoastWord Coorie in @ The Dunmuir Hotel

The CoastWord's original cabaret night is a great mix of some wonderful local, regional and emerging talent, with writers and singer song-writers from further afield. The CoastWord Coorie in, will be a warm celebration of the passion and aims behind CoastWord; to offer a friendly festival to showcase local talent and to offer a platform for exciting emerging and established writers and singer song-writers from across the rest of Scotland.

This year will feature an exciting collaboration between Dunbar Sings and the Writing Mums, also the wondrous local storyteller Chris Yule, the fantastic East Lothian Scots singer and singer song writer  Davie Robertson,  the Dunbar singer song-writer Graham Cairns, Scots singer and singer song writer Kirsty Law, award winning Scottish author Kirsty Logan and the hugely talented Edinburgh based singer song-writer Hailey Beavis.   

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Afternoon Tea Party - The Hotel @Dunbar Library
May
23
3:00 PM15:00

Afternoon Tea Party - The Hotel @Dunbar Library

Come celebrate the launch of The Hotel with readings from the winners and from Dunbar Writers, followed by a very special reading from poet Rachel McCrum to mark the start of her residency in Dunbar, with tea or coffee and lots of lovely cake in Dunbar Library.  Hosted by CoastWord's Chair, and judge of The Hotel, Colin Will. 

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Meet the author event with Bob Mitchell @Dunbar Library
May
23
1:30 PM13:30

Meet the author event with Bob Mitchell @Dunbar Library


The Cranston family was torn apart by World War I. Of the seven sons who fought, four died and two more were horrifically wounded. Only one son, the youngest, came home unscathed. This book is a touching portrait of the sacrifice and heartbreak of their mother Lizzie, and the tragic courage of her last surviving boys. Follow the journey of how a once proud and inspirational Scottish family were devastated by war and how the effects rippled through time and generations. A century later, the tartan threads of this resilient family finally begin to draw together again.

Come listen to the co-author Bob Mitchell discuss his remarkable book, Blood on the Thistle. 

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Meet the author event with Emily Dodd @ Dunbar Library
May
23
12:40 PM12:40

Meet the author event with Emily Dodd @ Dunbar Library

Cameron is a capercaillie, a type of rare Scottish bird famous for its dancing. Join author Emily Dodd for a journey through the forest with Can’t-Dance-Cameron and Hazel Nut the red squirrel. Discover more about the animals that live in the Cairngorms, kick some football pinecones and learn a few funky dance moves on the way. 

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Shake Your Tale @ After-School Club Room/ Bleachingfield
May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Shake Your Tale @ After-School Club Room/ Bleachingfield

Travel around the world in story and dance! Globe-trotting dance sensation Carmen Fandango and Disco-Bothy storyteller Ruridh MacRumba take you on a story-dance adventure to celebrate different countries and cultures. Carmen has the moves, Ruridh has the tales, just bring some comfy gear and they'll have you shaking that tale in no time!

Edinburgh based Zumba instructor Frances Bavin and storyteller Fergus McNicol bring you a fully participative, fun-filled family session of story and dance, perfect for parents and children from 3 - 10. 

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Shake your Tale @ After-School Club Room/Bleachingfield
May
23
11:30 AM11:30

Shake your Tale @ After-School Club Room/Bleachingfield

Travel around the world in story and dance! Globe-trotting dance sensation Carmen Fandango and Disco-Bothy storyteller Ruridh MacRumba take you on a story-dance adventure to celebrate different countries and cultures. Carmen has the moves, Ruridh has the tales, just bring some comfy gear and they'll have you shaking that tale in no time!

Edinburgh based Zumba instructor Frances Bavin and storyteller Fergus McNicol bring you a fully participative, fun-filled family session of story and dance, perfect for parents and children from 3 - 10. 

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Kids Take Over The Library
May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Take Over The Library

Dunbar Library and CoastWord bring an added layer of fun to the Library on Saturday 23rd May, with treasure hunts, quizzes, prizes, stories and a packed programme of events including storytellers, Children's author Emily Dodd and Zumba Storytelling! - Kids Take Over The Library is fun. fun and even more fun! 

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Words to the Beat @The Dunmuir Hotel
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Words to the Beat @The Dunmuir Hotel

Words to the Beat was the shining star of last year's festival and we are so excited to bring it back!

Words to the Beat boasts a truly stellar line up this year and promises to be an unmissable mix of music, poetry and storytelling, featuring award winning novelist, Catherine Simpson ; sensational musicians Karen Dietz and Richard Klein;  poet and co-founder of Neu! Reekie! Michael Pedersen;  Lach, poet, musician and star of BBC Radio 4's  Lach Chronicals; poet and singer song-writer Roy Moller Davy Henderson ; poet, the other half of Rally&Broad and Coastword's Writer in Residence 2014, Rachel McCrum ; and highly acclaimed singer song-writer,  Monica Queen

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A novel in 90 minutes- Writing Workshop with Zoe Strachan @Dunbar Library
May
22
4:00 PM16:00

A novel in 90 minutes- Writing Workshop with Zoe Strachan @Dunbar Library

A novel in 90 minutes? - If only! But we will take a whistle stop tour of the key ingredients of prose fiction in an intensive session with some practical exercises to do on the spot, and begin to think towards strategies for getting your work published. More suitable for those who are already writing fiction or memoir, but beginners are welcome too.

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Afternoon Tea Party - Dunbar on Film, 1969-1979, with film from The Scottish Screen Archive. @Dunbar Library
May
22
3:30 PM15:30

Afternoon Tea Party - Dunbar on Film, 1969-1979, with film from The Scottish Screen Archive. @Dunbar Library

Help yourself to a cuppa and a cake provided from the lovely folk at The Ridge Cafe and settle down to three extraordinary films about Dunbar, the first from 1969 and the last from 1979. Films that are now part of The Scottish Screen Archive and held by The National Library of Scotland.  

This event will be supported by the Dunbar Film Society and The National Library of Scotland. 

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The Strange Story of Jekyll & Hyde, workshop for Dunbar Primary School delivered by The National Library of Scotland
May
22
9:00 AM09:00

The Strange Story of Jekyll & Hyde, workshop for Dunbar Primary School delivered by The National Library of Scotland

 

In this workshop, pupils will discover the story of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Jekyll and Hyde' and will find out more about the author and the time he lived in. Exploring character through drama, writing, and drawing, the pupils will also have a chance to hear some of the original Stevenson text, and to find out about the tales of Victorian science and medicine which inspired the story. 

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