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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

Open Poetry Night

Open Mic without the Mic

Friday 16 May 2008

Better Read Books, Ellon [Venue 13]

The microphone was dispensed with at the Wordfringe Open Mic Event at the Better Read bookshop in Ellon. No need for amplification in this intimate and friendly venue where poets and musicians were always only a few paces away from all who came to listen and enjoy. Local poets have used the bookshop for occasional poetry evenings over the past four years but now it is becoming known and visited by the Dead Good Poets group who regularly meet at Aberdeen's Books and Beans

All seats were taken early, leaving latecomers standing for an evening of relaxed and informal poetry, music and song.

Two accomplished members of the Ythan Fiddlers group, Kim Hay and Shona Jamieson, opened both sessions with a selection of lively hornpipes and jigs and Michael Molden closed with some poetry and a song giving the evening a real ceilidh feel.

Bernie Briggs MC'd with a light touch allowing poets from the city and shire to deliver a varied potpourri of poems sad, sensual, sentimental, saucy and serious — with some silliness provided by a reading from Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts.

Colin Stewart Jones read from his latest collection of haiku, the Portal Creative Writers dipped into their recently published AB24: Poems from a Postcode — the youngest contributor Nadia Denoon very ably read her poem to a discerning but appreciative audience. Local flavour was added by a good sprinkling of Doric — altogether a great night out.

Haworth Hodgkinson — Festival Director for Wordfringe — commented on the attendance as being ‘one of the best for a small venue during the festival’.

Bill Kelly

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Better Read Books and Gifts, Ellon


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