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CoastWord and Red Squirrel Press Present...

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.   

Jenny Lindsay

Jenny Lindsay is a poet, performer, and promoter of spoken word, based in Edinburgh. Growing up in Maybole, South Ayrshire, she began her career as a singer-songwriter, which eventually led to her performing her lyrics at Nice N Sleazy’s open mic sessions in Glasgow. She then went on to become a finalist in one of the first Big Word Poetry Slams in 2002. She has continued to perform and compete at events across the UK, including appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest, and Lattitude. Her poetry has featured on BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC World Service among others. Her debut collection, The Things You Leave Behind was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2011. Her pamphlet The Eejit Pit was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012. Her most recent pamphlet is Ire & Salt (Stewed Rhubarb, 2015).

Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social commentary and storytelling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books),  as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016) and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her 2015 debut solo show Ire & Salt which explored power, artistic autonomy and empowerment, received a 4-star review from The Scotsman, with Gutter Magazine saying “Lindsay’s approach is defiant – belligerent even – taking to the stage as if staging a coup…Her coup is real: for a politically-rooted self-expression that many would doubtless prefer mute.” Her new spoken word project ‘Flint & Pitch Productions’ launched in August 2016.

Scott Tyrrell 

Scott has been a poet since the turn of the century. A former member of the Poetry Vandals, he has performed his work around the country, Europe, on a bus, on a plane and Stratford east tube Station in Rush hour. He is author of 2 collections of poetry. Most recently, the warmly received 'Grown Up' published by Red Squirrel Press. He has performed at many festivals including Edinburgh, WOMAD, the Big Chill, Kendal Calling and Glastonbury – where he was blogger in residence in 2015.

He is an award-winning comedian and winner of many major poetry slams, including The Great Northern SlamThe UK Anti-Slam and the BBC Fringe Poetry Slam 2015


“Scott is instantly likeable. His poetry is so easy to relate to that when he makes me laugh - which he does a lot - I sometimes feel I'm laughing at myself. It's real, human and hilarious.” – Anna Freeman

“From BBC Radio 4 to Glastonbury via the Larmer Tree festival and numerous other stages, Scott weaves a tapestry of spoken word leaving audiences entranced. As a performer I am always honoured to share a stage with him” – Richard ‘Dreadlockalien’ Grant

“I have been fortunate to perform alongside Scott on a few occasions at both Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals, and each time he has astounded the audience and left them simultaneously creased with laughter and wiping their eyes. Poignant, powerful and undoubtedly poetic” – Joelle Taylor

“With ‘Grown Up’ Scott Tyrell has shown himself to be both Big and Clever. It is every bit as accessible as you’d expect from a writer who has honed his craft in performance" – Matt Harvey

“Scott’s poetry is as funny as the finest stand-up comedy with razor-sharp punch lines that hit in just the right places. But it also has heart. Scott is one of the best live stand-up poets in the country" – Kate Fox


Faith Eliott 

Since moving to Edinburgh ten years ago, American-born Faith Eliott has become a well-kent face in the capital’s music and artistic circles, forming part of the Far Yella Collective with stalwarts of the local scene including Neil Pennycook (Meursault/Supermoon), Withered Hand, Hailey Beavis and Rueben Taylor.
Now striking out as a solo performer, a debut EP, Insects, is released on Song, By Toad Records at the end of the month. The songs are inspired by a spell living in rural Nebraska, with several boasting a distinctly experimental approach to recording – and Pyrite Ammonite ( is arguably the most original title of the year, with some endearing lyrics to match. 

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Colin McGuire 

Colin McGuire is a poet and performer from Glasgow, who lives in Edinburgh, who has written and performed relentlessly over the last fifteen years, building a reputation as a dynamic, engaging (and sometimes challenging) performer and poet. He has also been an ESOL teacher for the last seven years, teaching English to young learners and adults from across Europe and the world.

He is the author of three collections. His first self-published collection, 'Riddled with errors' (Clydesidepress, 2003), and his first chapbook, 'Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt,' (Red Squirrel Press, 2013), and his first full collection, 'As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning,' (Red Squirrel Press, 2014).

He has performed in countless poetry cabarets and slam performances across Scotland and the U.K., winning the Shore Poets Quiet Slam in 2014, and the Luminate Slam 2015 and he got to the semi-final in the BBC Fringe Slam in 2013. He has facilitated the Artcore: Writers Inc Group at Edinburgh Central Library in 2016.

He is writing often covers such themes as mindfulness meditation, the exploration of masculinity and sexuality in a Scottish context, and more broadly, as well as, identity and ill mental health issues; furthermore, he is also interested in technology and its social impact. He has always had a fascination with sleep and the processes of sleep which make up the body of his first chapbook 'Everybody lie down and no-one gets hurt'. His performances are always passionate, humorous, with a poetry that is full of colour and surreality. 


Richard Klein and Karen Dietz

 Photo Credit James Barlow 

Photo Credit James Barlow 

CoastWord favourites, Karen and Richard are an acoustic duo who perform their own beautifully crafted original songs along with covers or folk, country and contemporary material. Both are multi-instrumentalists and wonderful singers whose voices blend and harmonise to produce a unique sound.

Richard Klein & Karen Dietz: Tales of Love, Death, Faith, and Fishing. Inspired by the history of Dunbar and the surrounding area.


Richard Klein has been writing songs for many years. The poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and American short stories provided much of the inspiration for previous work with his band, Quixote. He has lived in Dunbar since 2006 and has taken the landscape and stories of the local area as the starting point for his recent songs. These are crafted in folk and country traditions but with a definite contemporary edge…

Karen Dietz, a native of Massachusetts, is a musician, performer, songwriter, teacher and musical director who brings passion, enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to her work. Karen has been Musical and Artistic Director of Loud & Proud, Scotland’s LGBT Choir, since it was formed in 2005 and leads community choirs in Dunbar and North Berwick. Richard and Karen have sung together since 2008.


Emilie Robson 

Emilie is an Edinburgh based singer-songwriter originally from South Shields, performing regularly in various venues across Edinburgh. Her debut EP was released early this year. 

... Song by song the audience watched in awe, as Emile’s voice sent chills down the spine of many... In the mix of covers came Emilie’s own written songs, she serenaded us with “Alaska” a beautiful song and “No Nomad”. But the main feature came from “House on Fire”, Emilie’s soon to be released single, truly showing off not only her powerful voice but also her amazing songwriting talent. This perfectly rounded off the night of a well thought out gig. Emilie is definitely a star in the making.


and your hosts...

Graham Cairns 

Dunbar's Graham Cairns is an accomplished singer-songwriter, playing the guitar, the banjo, and the mandolin. Graham has been a very special part of the last three CoastWords and this year we have asked him to take over the hosting duties, maybe he will treat us to a song if we ask nicely! 

"Whatever you say, I'm listening... Whatever you hear, it's worth listening to... Your words become entrapped in my head and sometimes they resurface later embedded in a song... To those who know me thank you for your gifts..


Carey Douglas 

Carey Douglas hails from Northumberland but we have long since claimed her as our very own. An  important and inspiring member of CoastWord's Writing Mums, her writing soars and lifts you in its humour, pathos and wisdom. We are so proud of our girl and always look forward to her words. 


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