New Festival Loves Words

While Lennoxlove Book Festival may be having to take a year out while they find an alternate venue, it’s full steam ahead for CoastWord, Dunbar's very own festival of words.  Building on the success of the Wee Fest events that took place during Civic Week last year, CoastWord, will be a magical mix of events featuring singer songwriters, poets, writers running from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd June.   A unique blend of established writers and new and emerging wordsmiths will come together with the stories from our town. 

CoastWord is delighted to announce that Bernard MacLaverty, Award winning author, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel Grace Notes and recent BAFTA award-winning short film maker, has agreed to be the Festival’s Patron.  Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s national poet, the Scots Makar, and highly acclaimed playwright, and award winning author and poet Dilys Rose will also be attending.   These well respected and masterful writers will not only inspire and stimulate their audiences but also have the chance to listen to the stories of our town, captured in a series of workshops, projects and competitions being run in the lead up to the Festival, and shared and celebrated during the Festival itself.  The Festival will capture the stories of mothers and grandmothers, of local poets, writers and singer songwriters, from the young to the old, from the new residents to the residents who have seen our town through a lifetime and the lifetimes before them.

With love in the air, CoastWord is asking everyone to join in their ‘I love Dunbar’ project, sharing memories, stories and reasons why they love Dunbar on one of the  ‘I love Dunbar’ postcards being distributed around town. Contributions can also be made via Facebook, twitter and on the website

The full programme will be available in April. For more information or to volunteer please visit the website or Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

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