Welcome to the 2018 programme, 18th- 20th May. For more information on events and workshops please click on More Info. 

We have tickets for each event and you can also purchase  Weekend Passes, Daily Passes and Night Passes.

Note that workshops are not included in the daily or weekend passes.



15:00 - 17:00

Life writing and memory...finding the voice. 

Come work with Janice Galloway, one of our most celebrated writers in a two day workshop that will take you through how to write from your own life experience in a way that is both personal and eloquent.

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18:30 - 19:00

Salt and Soil

Join local poet Rita Bradd as she takes us on a journey through her debut poetry collection, Salt and Soil.

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19:30 - 22:30

CoastWord Coorie in

A spectacular finale to our first day! Join us as we showcase work from our Coastword residencies with songmaker Kirsty Law, accompanied by her full band;  award-winning, singer- songwriter, filmmaker and writer Roxanna Vilk, and singer-songwriter Karen Dietz, accompanied by some other well-kent faces!

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10:30 - 11:30

Spark(ed) Dunbar! Writing and Song Inspired by Muriel Spark

A late morning extravaganza of poetry, words and music, inspired by Muriel Spark.

Spark yourself up this morning in preparation for a day at CoastWord 2018 with a CoastWord Breakfast event ( bacon rolls, pastries and coffee and tea are included)!

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12:00 - 14:00

Life writing and memory...finding the voice.

Come work with Janice Galloway, one of our most celebrated writers in a two day workshop that will take you through how to write from your own life experience in a way that is both personal and eloquent.

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12:30 - 13:30

Homecoming - Dunbar’s Battery Theatre

A brand new theatre company, founded in Dunbar share a work-in-progress performance about two Dunbar local heroes and their role in WW1.

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13:00 - 14:00

Darker Ends with Alex Nye

A special event for children and their families who are looking to be inspired by an award-winning children’s author, well known for her spine-tingling tales for young readers!

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14:00 - 15:00

Bloody Women: Female Authors and Crime Fiction

This event will look at the way in which women writers have transformed the crime fiction genre and the way in which the female character has evolved in crime writing. Join us for a fascinating discussion with special author guests Lin Anderson, of the best-selling Rhona MacLeod series, and Alison Belsham, debut author of 'The Tattoo Thief'. 

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14:30 - 16:00

Creative Spark(ed)! Writing workshop with Kaite Welsh

Inspired by Muriel Spark, whose career spanned novels, short stories, plays and novellas, join us for a creative writing workshop guaranteed to get your ideas from the brain to the page.

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15:30 - 16:30

Peacock’s Alibi - Stuart David

An hour with the inspired characters from Stuart David’s Peacock Johnson. Come along to meet the author and to hear extracts from the “pacy thriller with an above average laugh count".

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17:00 - 18:00

Spark(ed)! Muriel Spark’s influence and Legacy

Join us for what promises to be a very special event about the influence and legacy of Muriel Spark with novelists Janice Galloway and Kirstin Innes, chaired by Kaite Welsh.

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19:30 - 22:30

The Flint and Pitch Revue at Coastword!

Flint & Pitch is Scotland’s leading spoken word/ music event for new and emerging talent, launching in August 2016 to much acclaim. Specialising in events that feature new and exciting authors, poets and music acts, CoastWord is delighted to have this special Revue show to close our Saturday programme!

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11:00 - 12:30

Coastword Breakfast with Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Ghazi Hussein

CoastWord Breakfast with poet Marjorie Lotfi Gill and support from poet, Ghazi Hussein

Baklava and Pastries from The Syrian Sweety House with Tea and Coffee all included with your ticket.

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13:00 - 13:45

1001 Olive Trees- San Ghanny Choir

At CoastWord we welcome San Ghanny, as they sing some of their songs in Arabic and English, alongside poetry, prose and storytelling based on their conversations and solidarity with the people they met on their trips to Palestine.

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13:00 - 15:00

Embodied Poetry - Em Strang

Since November 2017, award winning poet Em Strang has been running workshops in Embodied Poetry. ‘Seeing’ and experiencing poetry in an embodied way can transform the way we approach writing practice, and can enable the poet to access his or her own unique, authentic voice.'

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14:30 - 15:30

Bridge - Iain Robertson

We are thrilled to welcome actor and director Iain Robertson to CoastWord. Iain will introduce his film Bridge and after a screening, take part in a discussion about the film and its themes.

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16:00 - 17:00

Em Strang and Iona Lee, with Ruth Gilchrist and Emma Moller

Settle in for a very special hour of poetry with award winning poets Em Strang and Iona Lee supported and hosted by two amazing and much loved Dunbar based poets, Ruth Gilchrist and Emma Moller.

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17:30 - 18:30

William Letford & Ciara MacLaverty

In partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Poetry Library, we are delighted to welcome poets William Letford and Ciara MacLaverty to CoastWord.

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19:00 - 21:30


CoastWord Finale Show

Don Paterson, Dan Wilson (AKA Withered Hand), Hannah Lavery, Chris McQueer, Scott Tyrrell, Jenny Lindsay, Jim Monaghan, Colin McGuire, Karin Anderson and Carey Douglas

( CoastWord After-Party Drinks  following the event!)
Come join us for the final event of CoastWord 2018, with an eclectic bill of local and national wordsmiths, with music from Dan Wilson (Withered Hand). Award-winning poets alongside blisteringly good local acts; hilarious and ‘Honest!’ comic verse; a writer who has been tipped as the next big ‘Hing’, and all introduced with vim and verve by comperes Jim Monaghan and Jenny Lindsay, who will also be sharing their work.

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