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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

New York Dialogues and Island Blethers

Readings from new works by Alison Flett and Martin Walsh

Wednesday 14 May 2008

Tarts & Crafts, Balmedie [Venue 14]

‘Bye for now’, I called, as I left the house. ‘I'm off to New York and a fictional island in the North Sea’. I headed south to Balmedie and Tarts and Crafts; our vessel for the evening's journey.

Others had also been called and those assembled warmly welcomed our companions, Alison Flett and Martin Walsh. Alison treated us to a rich and textured excursion within her forthcoming novel, About an Island, involving amongst other things, a dog named Clint Eastwood, a flying tent garage and some warm, tactile, human characters. In Manhattan, Martin's expertly voiced, hilarious yet touching dialogues, involving a colourful variety of fauna, had us wishing there was more. Like all enjoyable journeys though, we returned home and unpacked our happy memories.

Bernard Briggs

Haworth Hodgkinson, Alison Flett, Martin Walsh

L to R: Haworth Hodgkinson, Alison Flett, Martin Walsh

Photo by Roger Barnett

In the delightfully intimate and colourful setting of the Tarts and Crafts community café in Balmedie, an appreciative audience was treated to a varied programme of music by Haworth Hodgkinson and alternating readings by Martin Walsh and Alison Flett. The event was generously funded by the Gordon Forum for the Arts.

Martin, from Aberdeen, kept us laughing by acting out dialogues between New York pigeons, a squirrel and a visiting Mexican Hummingbird. His zany imagination was obvious, as was his gift for mimicking accents. However his final contribution — a monologue by a taxi driver, who was originally from the Dominican Republic — succeeded in being serious as well as funny.

Alison, from Orkney, was a real star and kept us enthralled with readings from her novel-in-progress, set in a fictional island in the North Sea. In a brilliantly described setting, she explored the thoughts and feelings of several characters at Hogmanay, and made clear their sadness, sensitivity, and resilient sense of humour. We look forward to buying her novel!

Colin Youngson

Promoted by

Tarts & Crafts, Balmedie

Supported by

Gordon Forum for the Arts
Aberdeenshire Council
Scottish Book Trust


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