CoastWord at the Dunbar Sci-Fest

Telling the Story...

Translating research findings into Story; bringing out people’s voices from the research.     

Join Dr Deborah Ritchie, CoastWord’s Hannah Lavery and Award Winning Actress Vicki Balnaves in a discussion about the power of storytelling in uncovering the voices in academic research and in particular the work Hannah Lavery has done in association with Dr Deborah Ritchie, Edinburgh University and Greater Glasgow NHS into Smoke Free Homes. With Readings of the Commissioned work by Victoria Balnaves and Hannah Lavery and a presentation by Dr Deborah Ritchie, it promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening.  

Dr Deborah Ritchie is an honorary fellow at University of Edinburgh and has worked in public health for 26 years, both as a practitioner and as an academic researcher. Her recent research has focused on tobacco control, particularly creating smoke free environments, both in public and private spaces. She is passionate about protecting children from the harms of exposure to second-hand smoke. She has many peer reviewed publications and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She has recently advised the Scottish Government on their Smoke free Homes media campaign to be launched across Scotland in March.

Hannah Lavery is a writer who has been published by the Scottish Book Trust, Appletree Writers Press and The National Library of Scotland. She has also seen her work performed at the Traverse Theatre and The Famous Spiegeltent. She is Creative Director of CoastWord, Writer in Residence at Edinburgh’s The Whole Works and at Dunbar’s Bleachingfield Centre.   

Victoria Balnaves is an award winning actress who has worked in both television and theatre. She understands the power of storytelling in delivering difficult messages and has created monologues inspired by the stories and research collected by Scottish Women’s Aid.  


Inspired by Nature

An Evening of Discussion and Readings inspired by the Natural World.

Discussion from Ian Edwards of The Royal Botanics and Author of Woodlanders: New Life In Britain’s Forests; Colin Will, respected local poet; and Dunbar’s Community Woodland Group. With readings from Colin Will, from Hannah Lavery and from Emma Moller, member of CoastWord’s Writing Mums’ Group.

Ian Edwards from Royal Botanics in Edinburgh is author of Woodlanders: New Life in Britain’s Forests.

Colin Will has had seven poetry collections published, the latest being The Year’s six seasons (Red Squirrel Press, 2013). The themes of his poetry reflect a love of people and the Natural world, often in a language derived from his scientific background. 

Dunbar Community Woodland Group manages Lochend Woods on behalf of the community of Dunbar.

CoastWord Dunbar’s Festival Of Words, June 20th-22nd, is a magical mix of singer songwriters, poets, writers and as put by one of our audience last year ‘Grass Roots Story Making.’ We are proud to be delivering these events as part of Dunbar Sci-Fest.

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