CoastWord, launched in Dunbar last year by acclaimed local author Hannah Lavery as Dunbar's Wee Festival of Words, is back this June with a bigger, more ambitious programme.
The festival’s patron is Bernard MacLaverty, author of Cal and Grace Notes and BAFTA-award winning short film-maker, who will hold a film-writing workshop and read from his Collected Stories.
Headliners include Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, celebrated author, playwright and poet Dilys Rose and author of the Hamish McHaggis series, Linda Strachan. Tyneside poet Sheree Mack is Writer in Residence. Music events include Words To The Beat, headed by Thrum chanteuse Monica Queen and also featuring Dunbar’s Roy Moller, described by the BBC’s Marc Riley as “Scotland’s best-kept secret,” while Dunbar-based poet Colin Will fuses jazz and poetry in a special session.
The festival hub is The Rocks, and events also take place at the Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar Library and Lochend Woods. CoastWord tells the stories of local authors, poets and singers, and, through the I Love Dunbar project, relays the memories and impressions of lifelong and newer residents. Postcards carrying townsfolk’s recollections will be displayed at the festival and read throughout the weekend.
Writers from CoastWord’s Into The Woods competition will take part in Dilys Rose’s writing workshop while the winners of the short story, flash fiction and poetry prizes will have their work displayed at the In The Woods Sunday morning event at Lochend Community Woods.
CoastWord takes place in Dunbar from June 20th-June 22nd. Have a look at the programme.
Read about CoastWord’s recent Coastal Walk to celebrate the launch.