Dunbar, east lothian

May 24th - 26th, 2019



The CoastWord Experience

CoastWord brings together established and emerging writers that range from poets to songwriters and authors to playwrights. What unifies us is our love for words, creating a festival to inspire and support our community and our many visitors in their enjoyment of stories, poetry and song. Find out more


Artists & Performers

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most interesting and innovative artists and performers. See the full list here.


roxanna vilk

An award winning British/Iranian filmaker, artist, singer, writer and performer. Roxanna has created work for BBC World, BBC 2, BBC Persian, Al Jazeera English, MTV World, Amnesty International, British Council, Commonwealth Games and Literature Without Borders to name but a few.

karen dietz

Karen has been Musical/Artistic Director of Loud & Proud, Scotland’s LGBT choir, since it was formed in 2005, and leads community choirs in Dunbar and North Berwick. She leads one-off and weekend workshops, and her work with groups includes Edinburgh’s Wildfire women’s choir, Birnam’s Just Singin’, Turtle Dove Singing Camps, Folk Camps Society, Citizens Advice Bureau (Yes, really!), and East Lothian Council employees lunch hour choir.

kirsty law

An innovative Scottish singer and songmaker, Kirsty draws on Scots musical traditions whilst collaborating with artists of different mediums. Her latest album project Young Night Thought is an audiovisual exploration of the 'inner child' concept through folklore song and film. 


janice galloway

Janice's first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. Her most recent publication, All Made Up, won Scottish Book of the Year 2012.




Festival Hub


Our festival hub since 2015 has been at the wonderful Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar.

Beautiful deceptively simple blend of readings and music in an intimate relaxed venue – Looking forward to next year