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Wordfringe 2008
Pushing Out the Boat
Everything but the Truth
Shetland Night
All Said and Dunne
Poetic Off Licence
Exploring Narrative Voices
New York Dialogues and Island Blethers
Four Paris Poets
Open Poetry Night
Building a Character through Dialogue
How to move your work forward
Ron Butlin with Aberdeen Writers' Circle
Poetry Scotland on the Road
Writing and Performing in Practice
Spirit of the Deveron
Poems of Quality
AB24: Poems from a Postcode
Poetry and Music of All the Faiths
Hooked by Emerald Froth
Demented Eloquence & Wordcraft Slam
Banchory Young Poets
Family Snaps
A Celebration of Childhood

Shetland Night

An evening of words and music from Shetland

Monday 12 May 2008

Aberdeen Arts Centre [Venue 5]

Shetland Night

L to R: Doug Forrest, Rachel Eunson, Jordan Ogg, Helen Elizabeth Ramsey, Chris Andrews, Vaila Boston, Matthew Wright

Photo by Roger Barnett

Once more our Shetland guests demonstrated the diversity of talent emanating from these islands. The group was introduced by Wordfringe veteran, Matthew Wright, who can always be relied upon to amuse and entertain — and indeed this night was no exception, when he regaled us with an amusing story, as narrated by an Orcadian barman.

The three other readers from Shetland — all new to Wordfringe — were: Vaila Boston, who read some poems, and a captivating account of a grandmother's struggle — with her heroin-addicted daughter — for custody of her grandchild; Doug Forrest, who performed some moving poems, including a homage to his grandmother — a Holocaust victim; and Rachel Eunson, who, through poetry and prose, gave us a glimpse of life at sea from the refreshing point of view of a female engineer.

Support was provided by two Aberdeen-based writers; Helen Elizabeth Ramsey, who treated us to some humorous and true-to-life, observational prose; and lateral-thinker, Chris Andrews, who took the audience by surprise with his off-the-wall approach to poetry.

The success of this event was enhanced by the performance of Shetlander Jordan Ogg. This young singer/songwriter played two sets, confidently and competently, with acoustic guitar and harmonica. His unique style came across well, despite the background noise and lack of amplification.

Cal Wallace

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Awards for All
Aberdeen Arts Centre
Shetland Arts
Station Hotel


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