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Wordfringe 2006

Women's Voices

Beverley A'Court, Maureen Ross, Paulina Vanderbilt,
Hilda Meers, Sue Vickerman & Olivia McMahon

plus open mic session

Thursday 11 May 2006


Books and Beans, 22 Belmont Street

Admission Free

Following on Dead Good Poets' last week celebration of men's voices it's now our turn to trumpet female voices 'for the sake of ourselves and our many silenced sisters worldwide'.

Look forward to poems about the world as Muse, the spotting of someone new in B&Q, the dangers of cheese... and performance pieces with anti-war themes from award winning performance poet Hilda Meers.

Beverley A'Court

Beverley A'Court is an Art Therapist by trade because art is her language for arriving at clear perception, digesting the daily feast of experience. She used to write all over her art work but started to write per se after she had a baby she couldn't put down, poured all her feelings onto tiny scraps of paper.

Maureen Ross lives in a house which is currently being eaten by a dog. She is also expecting a second grandchild. No doubt these events will fuel future writing.

Maureen Ross
Paulina Vanderbilt

When not in pursuit of Bruce Springsteen, Paulina Vanderbilt likes to follow her dreams. She came to Aberdeen fourteen years ago and has made it sit up and take notice. She has written one panto and two musical reviews, all of which have been staged to full houses. She writes children's fiction, for the very young and for teenagers – a species she loves and the only reason why she's still teacher… who said long holidays? And of course, she dabbles in poetry. It's a great discipline for saying only the absolute necessary, something that still needs improvement in her fiction. Her greatest inspirations are Toni Morison, John Steinbeck and Vernon Scannell.

Hilda Meers lived, worked, wrote for much of her life in England. Transplanting herself to the Moray Firth, still campaigning, she goes on writing - with attitude - stories, books, on-the-page and performance poems.

Hilda Meers
Sue Vickerman

Sue Vickerman's second collection The social decline of the oystercatcher (Biscuit Press) is 'piercingly topical' (Magnus Magnusson), 'witty, longsighted' (UA Fanthorpe), and Sandi Toksvig 'loved it'. Sue has toured with the Arrowhead poets and received grants from the English and Scottish Arts Councils. She lives in a lighthouse near Aberdeen.

Olivia McMahon was born in England of Irish parents and lives in the North-East of Scotland. For many years she organised pre-session courses at the university for postgraduate students coming from all parts of the world. Also for many years she was a language trainer for workers in the North Sea oil industry. She has taught and trained teachers in Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, Poland and Sudan. She is now a full time writer, working on her third novel, and with a book of poems Domestic Verses published by Koo Press in Spring 2005.

Olivia McMahon

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